This Is England Reviews
After films such as Romper Stomper and American History X, England has its version of disenchanted youth posing as white supremacist neo nazis, and lacks poorly at what it could've achieved. Not only does it lack the intensity, violence and hatred, it fails to deliver the emotional and social side of such causes. In the end, it tries a little too hard on a story that's been told many times before, and floats along in a blas'e sort of way.
The musical theme by Ludovico Einaudi is a suitable classic for the ages.
This one stays with you, for good or bad.
It's a story that evokes strong empathy towards the characters and it's the performances by the main cast, in particular Thomas Turgoose and Stephen Graham, that enhance this empathy further.
This Is England has a unique style, it's set in a unique time and it revolves around a unique set of individuals that have been 'let down' by someone or something, weather that be a loved one or the government. The main reason I enjoyed this film is because there is so much you can take from it as an individual.
At the time of it's release I truly believed Shane Meadows had created something special and since then he's gone on to make multiple critically acclaimed spin off TV series of the film. All of which are fantastic.
One of my favourite British films of all time.
Predictable story of "Good kid falls in with bad crowd" offers nothing new to the genre, other than a backdrop of Thatcherite gloom.
by a social and political revolution. The grey/cold atmosphere and
the top acting only add up to the drama. Don't watch this if you're looking
for a feel good flick.
The story was MUCH better, not the least of which is due to the fact that there is a good deal more character development; although, I would like to have seen more of an after-story, detailing what happens to the character's, such as what kind of reception did the punk kid get, the one who got kicked out of the car, once he returned to his friend's... I was surprised that they showed no repercussions from the idiot's robbing the store. After all, the owner knew Shaun & his Mom and Combo did threaten the owner's life... The ending made sense, tho I would like to have seen what happened to the group after the beating received by Milky, at the hand's of Combo.
I was surprised that there was no mention of the 'traitor to the human species' political party the BNP, formed in 1982, after splintering from the 'traitor to the human species' National Front...
The music, although not perfect overall, was a thousand times better, especially the song at the beginning, during the opening credit's. The choreography, between that song & the video footage is virtually flawless.