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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb emotional rollercoaster
Shane Meadows follow-up to Twenty Four Seven is one of the best films i have ever seen. At the start it is hilarious in places, which draws you into a particular mood, and then it hits you as it suddenly turns black and bleak when you are least expecting it. It is both funny and disturbing and plays with your emotions to such an extent that you are not sure whether to...
Published on 4 Jan 2001 by r.boreham@natcen.ac.uk

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3.0 out of 5 stars 6/10. Brassed off
Like Shane Meadows' later `This is England', `A Room For Romeo Brass' is a coming of age drama revolving around friends growing up in the working class Midlands. Both films feature friendships tested by the divisive arrival of an influencial older figure. The protagonists in both films seek friendship to escape disappointment or disenfranchisement from family life. While...
Published on 24 Jan 2008 by Demob Happy


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5.0 out of 5 stars A ONE., 21 May 2014
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If you like a laugh, then this , then this dvd video his a must for you, really entertaining, and very funny, Glyn Chester.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film but not for the hard of hearing, 28 Jan 2014
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A classic movie with some fantastic acting. Considine in particular is chilling. It doesn't have subtitles though, I cannot believe that DVDs in this day and age don't have subtitles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 14 May 2013
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This is a great, coming of age film, funny & sad in equal measure. Good, quick delivery. I would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality, 13 Jan 2013
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Great English film, good plot and great cast. Worth a watch for sure. Highly recommend watching as well as purchasing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet!, 8 Oct 2010
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This is an excellent film, beautifully acted, tender, heartwarming and sensitive (of course with just a little evil in.) Buy it, watch it, you won't be sorry! Subtitles would have been good for us yanks but listening real hard caught most of it!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 6/10. Brassed off, 24 Jan 2008
This review is from: A Room for Romeo Brass [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Like Shane Meadows' later `This is England', `A Room For Romeo Brass' is a coming of age drama revolving around friends growing up in the working class Midlands. Both films feature friendships tested by the divisive arrival of an influencial older figure. The protagonists in both films seek friendship to escape disappointment or disenfranchisement from family life. While the latter film places this scenario in the context of class conflict in Thatcher's britain and the rise of the skinhead movement, the thematic concerns of `Romeo Brass' are less contemporaneous. Its outsider comes in the surreal shape of Morel (played by the brilliant Paddy Considine), a small-town oddball who takes an instant and ultimately obsessive interest in the eponymous character's sister. Considine is always fascinating to watch (from Meadows' own `Dead Man's Shoes' to Pawel Pawlikowski's `My Summer of Love') and he is by turns hilarious and terrifying here as the volatile Morel.

For all Considine's brilliance on screen there is something lacking in this film's purpose. Whereas This is England's small-scale drama manages to address wider social decline in a specific historical context, A Room For Romeo Brass` concerns are perhaps not broad enough. It is certainly not the first film about an obsessive and intimidating individual insinuating himself into family life (cinema is rife with them, from the great to the really poor). Once you take that out of the equation, there is not a great deal else to capture the imagination. Its stark Midlands setting, non-professional actors and a liberal use of improvisation are all classic Meadow's hallmarks - harking back to kitchen sink dramas of the British New Wave in the 1960s. Coupled with the director's handpicked indie, pop and reggae soundtrack, it is easy to see why his moniker `Scorcese of the Midlands' persists. However, `A Room for Romeo Brass' is simply an enjoyable film, not a very good one, and compares unfavourably to some of his other works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 July 2014
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Great film, as always with Shane Meadows, you don't know whether to laugh or cry.....
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch This Film, 17 Feb 2009
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This review is from: A Room for Romeo Brass [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
This film is proof that it is not big bucks and big names that make a good film, it is the quality of the direction and the acting and a great soundtrack.

All the characters are credible even when apparently over the top. Paddy Considine is superb as the dysfunctional Morrell and the two young lads are spot on all the way through. The supporting cast are all excellent and you can really believe in every one of them. The soundtrack fits in and pulls the film together perfectly.

Shane Meadows deserves credit for a great script, an marvellous choice of soundtracks and inspiring brilliant performances from an unknown cast. I only bought this film out of interest because my kids go to the school where some of it was filmed but I am very glad that I did.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 31 July 2008
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This review is from: A Room for Romeo Brass [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
This film is one of the best British films ever made, alongside 'Dead mans shoes' - also Shane meadows & Paddy considine - check that out as well!

Myself being a young lad growing up looking up to an older kid who lived round the block this film hits the nail on head on so many levels.

Its hard to write a review without spoiling a lot of it so in a nutshell :

The directing is top notch with a superb soundtrack

The acting is extremely good, especially from Considine & the two main lads in the film ( Shim also pops up in This is england - again a Shane meadows masterpiece)

Paddys ' Dance' is one of the funniest things you will see this year!

The references to a child growing up looking to up to an older lad are superb & spot on, there are so many layers to this film that it will make you laugh, Cry, Cringe but most of all enjoy!

One of the BEST British films ever & one of my top 10 Moves EVER!

*****
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bosh!, 9 Nov 2007
This review is from: A Room for Romeo Brass [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Another great movie from Meadows. The three leads (Considine and the 2 kids) are fantastic, with Considine terryfying yet farcical, and some mature acting by the lads. I think Dead Man's Shoes is marginally better, but i still give this a five.
Another super (sur-)realistic piece from Meadows (I'm qualified to say the latter as I'm from Notts too!) that'll have you laughing and reeling. Watch it for sure
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