Top critical review
Pointless and depressing - fail
on 11 December 2015
I cannot agree with the extremely positive reviews. I was highly disappointed by the film, not (only) because it was nothing but depressing but since it failed at being a well-made drama/growing-up story. In my opinion/experience (judging from life and all the truly successful dramas) the tragedy in growing up/being human is that life happens - i.e. the cruel, unfair, mean life, destroyed chances, blows of fate etc., but in this film, there is definitely a villain/there are villains causing all the pain for all the families/people in their vicinity, and this is the primitive, destructive, gross, reckless family Oswald (and in extension the brats on the scooters) - and I am sorry that they had to suffer from a blow of fate themselves, but that's no excuse at all, you just DO NOT/NEVER behave so reckless and mean as they (all!!) do. And whenever there is a villain, then it is not a drama about the injustice of life itself but rather a simple crime story (a typical "life happens (and it's pretty much nobody's fault)"-element is/would be Skunk's father having an affair with the babysitter, but that is of less importance for the sad events in this story). And with no valuable moral either, for we all know that it is primitive, thoughtless, reckless people who make life for all other beings (human or not human) a lving hell, but since 90% of humans are like this (more or less/to a varying extent) and since these people are as they are they will never care and never change, so for me this is a pointless story and more than this it is not an entertaining pointless story but an utterly depressing one, so nothing positive comes out of watching - do yourself a favour and choose a different film.