I truly appreciate a film that doesn’t ask you to sympathize with its characters. Fish Tank is about a 15-year old girl living in poverty and making dumb, awful, very teenage mistakes. But unlike other films in the same vein (there are plenty), this one never tries to portray her actions as anything less than shitty, even though we come to understand why she behaves the way she does. I found her to be annoying, unnerving, and difficult to watch, but…
Rewatched this today with low expectations and it honestly holds up pretty well. Sure, there are some cheesy late 90s/early 2000s moments here, but overall it's a lot less ridiculous than it could have been.
It's amazing to note the contrast between this film, the start of the X-Men universe, and Logan, which may be the end of it. There were a few rocky patches, but overall, the evolution has been great.