Watched Mar 14, 2012
David Valkenet’s review:
...it was alright.
The music was great. It was so good in fact that it elevated some of the images and almost tricked me into thinking the film as a whole was better than it is. I also loved that the film took roughly 2 minutes to get started and was pretty relentless from then on.
However, the thing that annoyed me was the script, the acting and the line delivery. The acting was pretty mediocre (Nick Frost, the guy who played Moses, the girl and the two very young kids excepted). I hesitate to blame the actors, but rather, I think the lines they were given were bad overall and cringe-worthy in places. Not quite on par with Juno as far as cringe-worthy dialogue, but definitely nudging at her.
That really let the film down for me. I know the dialogue was meant to be authentic and I'm not criticising it for that, or the accents, but actually seeing the characters saying the words was an awkward experience for me.
It also didn't help that I hated most of the characters, and that I was meant to root for the kinds of people that would mug you and laugh in your face. I don't care if they're young or a product of their environment, they're fucking assholes.
Also, anything involving fireworks looked like really ugly CGI, especially the scene towards the end.
For this reason the ending fell completely flat, and left me with a bad aftertaste. Sorry, but this is not for me.