British cinema has given us many movies with an edgy feel. It seems that our filmmakers are obsessed with dealing in controversial subjects. Hollywood will also tackle similar themes sometimes, but it tends to glamorise everything or to even make it look cool. There is something incredibly gritty about British film which is perfectly suited to handling difficult themes and a great example of this is 2006’s, ‘This is England’.
If you are old enough to remember the eighties then you will know just how accurate this movie is. The makers have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep it all realistic and it pays off big time. The whole thing reeks of the early eighties.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a film entirely about racism. Sure, it centres on a bunch of skinheads, but they are not all colour blind and there is a lot more to it than that. The main point of the story is to show us how easily misled a child can be. That may sound obvious, but ‘This is England’ covers the subtle as well as the blatant.
Racism should be addressed in film; it is still a big problem in society, even now. ‘This is England’ has some very uncomfortable moments but it is not a vehicle for unnecessary violence. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the type of movie to watch with your grandma and there are a few unpleasant scenes; although there are just as many deeply sensitive ones.
‘This is England’ has some very good morals in its story. It covers loyalty, friendship and the use of intuition. It is a rollercoaster of emotions, right from the hilarious to the downright upsetting, but it is very much worth the ride. One of the best British films in years.
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