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This review is from: A Field In England [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
So here we are with another curio from the maverick film maker Ben Wheatley. Hot on the heels of Kill List and Sightseers comes this masterful, bizarro drama. A Field In England is hard to define. Much like his previous films it doesn't sit comfortably in one genre. Bravely transcending everything from war drama to paranoia this has to be Wheatley's most ambitious and masterful film yet.
Four English Civil War deserters find themselves in a field munching on some questionable mushrooms and hunting down some buried treasure. After locating the dastardly alchemist O'Neil they are forced to find his treasure. Mixing magic with magic mushrooms the lines between reality and hallucinations are seriously blurred.
Darkly funny with a violent streak this film is marvellously gripping. It demands to be watched. You won't always know what's going on but the characters are so well written that you hardly notice.
Kill List was a twisted horror film which missed a couple of beats. Downtown Terrace was a brilliantly subversive kitchen sink drama and Sightseers was darkly funny. A Field in England is surely Wheatley's best written film. He doesn't miss a beat and every moment is wrung for all it is worth.
The choice to film in stark black and white is bold and perfectly evokes the feeling of never really knowing what is going on. His whole direction is free and loose and it feels like he is having real fun with this.
On the whole a surprising treat. Beautifully directed, superbly written and well acted, this is his masterpiece, the pinnacle of British filmmaking. Unafraid to push boundaries and test an audience, this is evidence of maverick filmmaking at its best.
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Initial post: 16 Jul 2013 02:06:05 BDT
Guy Mannering says:
The pinnacle of British film making? Oh dear, as if we don't already produce enough subsidized low-budget stinkers that fail to to break even (that includes Mr Wheatley's last two efforts.)
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