This is a beautiful, horrible movie. Really heartbreaking in parts, and extremely relatable for any working class white man, English or Welsh or otherwise, who will have been exposed to - at least in part - a lot of similar experiences, rhetoric, and characters to Shaun in this movie. All the performances are stellar, with a particular highlight for Stephen Graham, who brings an amazingly tangible sense of tension and unease whenever he’s on the screen.
Watching this felt almost therapeutic. Shaun’s environment is like an exaggerated reflection of the environment many working class boys grow up in nowadays, and lets the viewer be introspective with their own experiences.