This Is England (2007)

by | May 30, 2023 | Film Reviews, 2000s, Drama, Indie | 0 comments

A Raw and Emotionally Charged Ride

 

Release date: 27 April 2007 (UK)
Genre: Drama/Indie film
Director: Shane Meadows
Cinematographer: Danny Cohen
Budget: £1.5 million GBP
Box office: £5 million GBP

 

1 MIN Read Time

 

Directed by Shane Meadows (2006), this coming-of-age drama set in the 1980s tells the story of a young boy named Shaun who finds solace and belonging in a group of skinheads.

 

Capturing the essence

Meadows’ direction is impeccable, capturing the essence of the era and the struggles of working-class youth with authenticity and sensitivity. The film beautifully balances moments of tenderness and camaraderie with harsh realities and the dark underbelly of extremism.

 

The performances are extraordinary, with Thomas Turgoose delivering a standout portrayal as Shaun. His raw and naturalistic performance perfectly captures the vulnerability and transformation of his character. The supporting cast, including Stephen Graham and Joseph Gilgun, bring depth and complexity to their roles, adding layers of nuance to the narrative.

 

Challenging stereotypes

“This Is England” is a poignant exploration of identity, friendship, and the dangers of extremism. It tackles complex themes with nuance, challenging stereotypes and offering a nuanced portrayal of the skinhead subculture. Meadows’ sharp and insightful screenplay delves into the social and political climate of the time, making the film both timely and timeless.

 

This Is England - Movie

 

With its brilliant performances, evocative soundtrack, and thought-provoking narrative, “This Is England” is a masterpiece of British cinema. It is a film that stays with you long after the credits roll, leaving you with a deeper understanding of human resilience, the impact of society, and the search for acceptance.

 

My Rating: 10/10

 

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