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THE BEST IN BRITISH COMEDY...,
This review is from: Brassed Off [DVD] (DVD)
Although not truly a Comedy, since the themes touched by this movie are rather serious (unemployment, lack of money, lack of hope, main character so ill that he almost dies), this delicious tiny British product, brings the UK Film quality back to its old high standards.
Pete Postlethwaite (Jurassic Park III, Dragonheart, The Usual Suspects, etc.) is the most versatile British actor of these days.
With a rough, tough face, which cannot be confounded with anybody else's, he manages to work splendidly through his eyes.
Yes, the man has some splendid and highly expressive eyes.
They say more than words.
The rest of the cast does not need to be introduced. They all work as masters of their trade and in unison, just like the Band they are supposed to represent.
But just to render justice to them I feel compelled to name them: Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor (the ever famous Wolverine in X-Men) and Steven Tompkinson (whose scenes of despair are truly shattering and moving).
They all are genuine actors and when they play, it comes through as natural as it should be.
The director Mark Herman, has knit one of the finest, most touching and memorable fabrics in movie making in ages.
This may be just a movie, but what a movie it is!
Compared to the usual trash we get usually dished up, this is by far the representation of how a movie ought to be done.
Great and powerful story, great and talented actors, magnificent and gritty photography, a musical score that does not invade your ears while people talk, a flowing pace that never leaves you asking for a cut.
Cuts come when they're needed.
This is a movie that should be seen everywhere in the world, because it does not just tell a British story, but rather takes Britain as an excuse for a much larger and pervading problem.
Besides, this movie was made in 1996 and it foretold the world as it is today.
This is really a movie worth watching.
You will pass about a 100 minutes with a product that makes you think and will stir you up like nothing before or since.
The ending is highly poetic and send you off with some hope in your hearts.
A thing that we all need these days.
I can only recommend it.
The transfer is clean, in the correct anamorphic 1:85 aspect ratio, and the sound is a conventional 2.0 Stereo, but crystal clear.
There are a few extras, but nothing really astonishing.
This DVD is just worth for the Movie it contains.
And what a movie!
Buy it and you will see that you won't be sorry.
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2011 00:24:27 BDT
Joe Bloggs says:
A minor point. Ewan McGregor wasn't in X men.
Posted on 19 Apr 2012 01:17:24 BDT
Signed, Hopeful. says:
Another point. The female lead was just not believeable. She hadnt studied how to even "look as though" she could blow a wind instrument. Her music playing scenes were pathetic. Pete Postlethwaite was the star here, agreed. The men in the band also the star, agreed, but the two young stars were not stars they were the weak points in the film.
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