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Good film from Shane Meadows
on 25 September 2012
'Once Upon A Time In The Midlands' (2002) was Shane Meadow's third film, for me it's one his most unmemorable movies to date (only because he has made some true British classics in recent years) but it's still an entertaining comedy nevertheless.
With a strong cast of British talent including the wonderful Ricky Tomlinson, Kathy Burke and Robert Carlyle (one of my favourites), all of whom give good, 'real' and convincing performances. This film is a simple social comedy/drama reminstant of an average Ken Loach movie.
After seeing his ex-girlfriend turn down a marriage proposal (by her new boyfriend Dek) live on a television chat show, Jimmy, a small-time, Scottish born villain (Carlyle) returns to his hometown in the Midlands in an attempt to try and win her back. A love triangle develops when Dek and Jimmy fight for her affections, whilst other family members are caught up in the middle of it all. It's a simple enough plot but with a good deal of humour (Ricky Tomlinson made me laugh as the country music enthusiastic singer).
Here we have a working class movie which entertained me on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Not essential, but still worth checking out.