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"The Bromley Boys", tells the story of David "Dave" Roberts (Brenock O'Connor) and his love affair with his local football team Bromley F.C. We start in 1966 with England winning the World Cup and young Dave falling madly in love with the sport right afterwards. His passion for the game manifests in his desire to attend some live matches at one of the big teams, his parents, more specifically his Dad, Donald (Alan Davies) is against the idea. His Mum, Gertie (Martine McCutcheon) comes up with the idea of attending local small, very small in comparison, Bromley F.C. Reluctant at first Dave decides to take his mum up on the offer and that's where his passion flourishes. During his time attending the matches, he meets Ruby McQueen the daughter of the owner of the football club who he begins to fall for.
"The Bromley Boys", tells the story of how Dave falls madly in love with the beautiful game and how he deals with his first love.
Brenock O'Connor who plays Dave in the film is one of the most lovable and endearing characters I have seen a while. O'Connor plays the character perfectly, he oozes that teenage wonder of falling in love with your first football team (which is infinitely relatable for a lot of us UK watchers). O'Connor does so well to split his falling in love with two vastly differing entities and make them feel like two different emotions- but also the same. I know that doesn't make sense but when you see how he loves Bromley FC and how he loves Ruby McQueen (Baker). Savannah Baker who plays Ruby equals O'Connor in her teenage wonder of falling in love. It helps that they are both in their teens, but it takes talent to make first love feel real, when they are conversing with each other you genuinely feel like you're watching a young couple and not a pair of actors, Baker plays Ruby in a nervous, standoff-ish kind of way, you could almost say she's the stereotypical "nerdy teen" which plays well against the slightly cocky Dave.
Playing Dave's parents we have Martine McCutcheon as Gertie, his Mum and Alan Davies as Donald, his Dad. They both play their roles wonderfully, and you would expect nothing less from two incredibly talented actors who rarely put in anything but a solid performance, Davies plays a very closed off emotionally parent in regards to Dave's footballing passion with good reason we later find out. Dave has his own little football going crew with Ewen MacIntosh as Derek Dobson, who is as incredibly funny as he always is. He is such a delight to watch - he has the British dry humour down to science his delivery shines every time I see him. Mark Dymond as Peter Batchelor tries to keep everything in line which he does well. The crew is rounded off by TJ Herbert who plays Roy Oliver, the less stable one of the crew, who is the ultimate wild card, which Herbert hilariously pulls off. Jamie Foreman plays the owner of Bromley FC Charlie McQueen, an overly cocky, self-gratifying rich guy who thinks he's a little bit better than everybody else, which Foreman's nails. For the most part, McQueen is the chairman all us football fans have loathed at one point but he also has really endearing moments too. It's always a pleasure to see Lucy-Jane Quinlan in a Warren Dudley film - sadly it's a much smaller role than usual but she plays school bully Emelda well enough for you to notice given the minuscule screen time.
The best part of this entire film is the story. It is one that majority of men have been through, and boys are currently going through, across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. I am sure there are plenty of girls who are going through it now too. Falling in love with your first football club and you don't care if you're there with 60,000 people or 30 people. That is what this film gets it spot on. It is written in such a way that you can pick up Dave, throw him away and put yourself in his boots (quite literally) and you feel every single emotion he is going through. The dialogue, while at some points may sound a little cheesy (it's a coming-of-age story, it's a must), for the most part, it feels like real life conversations. My main worry when the film started, with it being set 20 years before I was born, was a little niggle in the back of my head that said: "what if I can't relate to the time period?". Those fears are wiped away in the opening scene when Dave is being a regular teenager that anybody can relate to. The story is told in such an inclusive way that you can be 10 years old or 100 years old and you will still be drawn into this story. It's real, it's raw, it perfectly encapsulates life as football fan and life as a teenager falling in love for the first time, be it with football or your first love (which for some of us is football). A lot of that lies on the shoulders of screenwriter Warren Dudley who adapted David Roberts' (yep, that one up there^^^) book "The Bromley Boys: The True Story Of Supporting The Worst Football Team In Britain" into a very well polished script, that director Steve Kelly (City Rats) brings it all to life with such vigour you feel like you are a part of Dave's struggle to support his club through such a tough time.
The film excels at dropping you into the 1960's, from the era-appropriate clothing to the classic cars. Not only is the film a love letter to the beautiful game, but you can also tell the production had a lot of fun recreating the 1960's on screen for us all to revel in. The use of classic cars was such a nice touch it gives off the air of money you still expect from football even at the lower levels. One thing it doesn't do though is making my slightly younger-self long for 1960s attire. Yeesh.
Overall, the film is a heart-warming tale of passion and first love coming together. If you're a football fan you will be in your element from the opening scenes and thoroughly enjoy this love letter to the beautiful game. If you aren't a fan, just stick around and you may change your mind by the end of the film.
It's real, it's relatable, it's hilarious... it's just a downright a great 90 minutes of cinema. "The Bromley Boys" is the ultimate story of one boy and his love for the worst football team in Britain and it is absolutely beautiful. It's one of the best coming-of-age stories I have ever had the pleasure of watching, and I don't see it dropping out of my top 10 films by the end of the year. If you get the chance to check this out on the big screen I plead, scratch that, I implore you to rush to see it. This is the type of film that when seen with a crowd of people passionate about the same thing will result in one of the best cinema-going experiences of the year. All that being said, the film just leaves you feeling all warm, fuzzy and just high on life and spurs you on to follow your passions.
While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn't perfect, which let's be honest what is these days. If was a LOT of fun, a brilliantly executed Batman, Ben Affleck was a perfect choice while I was apprehensive at first I loved him in the role. Henry Cavill shon again as Superman, for me personally he's the best live action Superman we've had and now Affleck is also (for the Bat). Jesse Eisenberg was a great Alexander Luthor, Jr. he exudes power and commands respect even with miniscule moments, the sweet/candy scene was an incredible power play. While at times he had a more Riddler vibe about him (which was more evident after hearing he auditioned for that role) I still enjoying his performance.
While I will heap praise on the film there is definitely some parts that fell short for me. The editing was horrible, there was moments it felt like a student film rather than a Hollywood blockbuster. Also the pacing was a bit off whack too, it just didn't gain a proper traction, but that didn't ruin the overall story for me. There was a couple of other things I was "meh" about but don't want to spoil them.
In regards to people's worries about "too many characters" which to be honest was a worry of mine. After seeing it my worries felt stupid, the cameos are tastefully done in a way that they don't milk them but they do give you a nice look at the characters. Gal Gadot for me was a complete scene stealer in majority of her scenes she was amazing, Wonder Woman comes across smart, beautiful and a badass, she will NOT be serving as a love interest with powers as she has sometimes. This Wonder Woman will take it all the universe she's such a badass ha.
There is plenty of great easter eggs and nods to comics that will have comic readers fangirling/guying throughout. At times it feels like Zack Snyder directly ripped panels from a book and made them live action, other times it felt like he was experimenting with the characters. Which is not a bad thing in my opinion, he is in a way playing catch up to the incredible success Marvel have had.
The CGI for the most part was completely spot on, some bits faulted in comparison to others. But overall it looked great, Doomsday looked brilliant, the cities looked incredible, the fight scenes were just awe inspiring.
Overall, I enjoyed the film it was everything I wanted and to an extent expected after Man Of Steel. It's a very worthy sequel that has helped setup what could be an incredible DC Universe of films.
A Dozen Summers is like no other film I have seen, in no way is that a bad thing at all, Kenton Hall who wrote, directed and starred in the film (what a busy man!) really captured the essence of teenage life here in Britain. The film didn't shy away from real life issues which was a pleasant surprise in such a family based comedy, the film is as much a children's film as it is an adults film also, there is enough to satisfy everybody even the elders dragged along by their kids to see it.
The film uses all the narratives we see in cinema be it flash forwards, voice overs, alternate takes, you get a full range of these used in aiding the imagination of the sisters. The voice over done by the wonderfully talented Doct I mean Colin Baker is used as a clever plot device to allow the girls to jump ship on the current scene to a more interesting point, which I found a very enjoyable thing to watch. The entire film just has a silly vibe about it, while sticking to real life issues we all witness be it divorce or bullying, the social issues touched on in the film are very real but done in such a way you feel them but you are also able to giggle through them.
The cast was wonderfully picked in my opinion the twin sisters who lead the film were brilliantly funny in their repartee sometimes lost on siblings in films however these two being twins obviously it really helped their little arguments about where to take their film. Director Kenton Hall also featured in the film as the twins dad Henry, who is like every modern day dad spouting his witty little dad jokes. It is always nice to see British talent being showcased and that is exactly what happens in this film for me I found it a nice break to get back to seeing young actors making their name for themselves. Plus it is always a wonderful treat to hear a true legend of the screen like Colin Baker who brings a air of Hollywood to the film, great addition to any cast.
While some will argue there is some issues with the film, I for one would say look past the minor glitches, the small budget and the fact the films story is not on a typical linear track. The film doesn't pander to the audience explaining this and that about why the girls are able to do what they do. It's just "accept it and enjoy" which I thought was a nice touch, from the get go you're thrown in the deep end of the magnificent decision by the director to use all the tropes possible for the sheer enjoyment of the viewer. There is a few moments in which the acting falls off, but that happens even at all levels of film, so hardly enough to take aim at this film in particular.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed "A Dozen Summers" it was a wonderful coming of age comedy drama, reminiscent of a show I watched in my younger years called "Tracy Beaker" it will take you back to your youth and help you remember all the silly things you got up to at that age with your friends. The film is a nice feel-good comedy in the modern time of gritty realism, so if you're feeling like a good time filled with laughs and relatable antics most definitely check this out. While the film is aimed at children I think this will be a bigger hit with the parents than the younger viewers, lots of references to older films and even a hilarious homage/parody to the chess scene from "The Seventh Seal". A truly wonderful feature debut from director Kenton Hall I am looking forward to seeing what else he has in store in the future.
So I finally got to watch "Carrie" last night, I had been looking forward to watching it since it was announced I believe 3 years ago now. I was and still am a huge of the original from 1976 Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie were phenomenal in their roles. They got Oscar nominations for their roles I believe, "you will know her name" is also a terrible tag-line for the movie we ALL already know her name being Horror fans or not.
Within the few minutes of meeting the friendless high school reject, she suffers what I can only imagine is the ultimate demeaning thing that could happen to a young woman when she gets her period while showering with her classmates. Which is made a whole lot worse by queen bitch of the school Chris played by Portia Doubleday orchestrates the whole class in a chant of "Plug it up!" while they are throwing feminine products over Carrie's cowered body.
Sue Snell played by Gabriella Wilde after initially taking part in the antics soon feels for Carrie, in order to make things right between herself and Carrie she persuades her boyfriend High School jock Tommy played by Ansel Elgort to take Carrie to the upcoming prom. Shortly before being asked to prom Carrie discovers that she has telekinetic powers (the ability to move objects big or small with the power of her mind). Carrie first of all declines the invitation later she nervously accepts ignoring the request of her mother to not attend. Carrie makes her own dress, during her first ever dance all her anxiety, pain and anguish all lift and she is filled with happiness and glee. Until something goes horribly, horribly, horribly wrong for the young girl, while on stage with Tommy after they have unsuspectingly been crowned prom queen and king.
While on stage Carrie is part of a horrible prank organised by Chris and her boyfriend Tommy in which releases her uber Carrie powers in which can only be described as a hell-hath-no-fury ending. Which I will leave to either your imagination or if you bring yourselves to watch it. I will say, HOLY HECK!!! This time around in Periece's adaptation they venture much more into Carrie experimenting with her powers, in the De Palma version Carrie has very limited if any control over her powers. In the recent release Carrie is much more in control of her powers and what she is doing, while in "anger mode" Chloe Moretz was directed to do some awful decisions that never really went with the character like silly post credit eye edits and these kind of Japanese horror style body jerks. These characteristics are a waste of Chloes talent, plus Chloe is too much of a pretty, confident looking Hollywood looking girl, which doesn't work for who she is portraying.
The original release had a much creepier vibe than the modern release and to go with that this new film was lacking in tension or character development and chemistry. It didn't feel at all like Tommy had any sincere feelings towards Carrie it felt like he was just doing it because Sue told him too. I know this movie was never meant to be a straight up Horror, a lot of Stephen King's work usually isn't this movie just wasn't creepy at all like it could/should have been.
Going into this having seen the original myself it left me a bit disappointed, I guess if you went into this never seeing the original it was be a better film. Right now for me I'd say 3/10 going in as a new viewer to the story probably 5/10.