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Everyone involved is at their very best,
This review is from: Goodbye Charlie Bright  [DVD] (DVD)
I had seen this film before, but it was only on seeing it again recently (after being told it was filmed not far from me on the Cambridge Road estate in Kingston, Surrey, standing in for Millwall territory) that I realise just how good it is.
Director Nick Love went on to do 'The Football Factory' and 'The Business', both of which were more obvious crowd-pleasers also exploring some of this film's central themes to some extent, but you can't help feeling that what he made up in audiences with his later projects, he perhaps lost a bit in heart (until his recent 'Outlaw' which is just plain rotten from start to finish).
Friendship, loyalty and masculinity are all key themes in Love's films and here they are right up front. The acting performances are fantastic. I have been fortunate enough to see Paul Nicholls, Danny Dyer and Roland Manookian on stage doing some of their best work, but it is easily matched here. Manookian as the best friend of Nicholls's Charlie is a particular triumph. Most of us know or have met someone like him!
This film has warmth, excitement, danger and feels extremely real. If I had a complaint at all, it would be that everyone in it looks so young compared to their later work that it makes me feel really ancient!
'Outlaw' aside, I have enjoyed Nick Love's films, but I wonder if he'll ever do something quite this good again...