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When you watch a Shane Meadows film you expect natural performances and housing estate based drama - and it's all here in a fantastically realistic package.
This film is essentially the story of Romeo and Gavin, two schoolboy friends whose friendship is threatened when a third member joins the tight group. The 'third member'; Morell, a twenty-something man seems like a nice-enough guy though a bit socially awkward and perhaps a bit slow. He divides the two friends after becoming obsessed by Romeo's sister and his darker side starts to expose the unhinged aspect of his personality.
Meadows' demonstrates his abilities to present the emotional aspects of men in his films. Be it a broken father trying to wriggle back into the lives of his ex-wife and kids, or an unbalanced man on the road to self destruction. It's not done with long cheesy moments of pained expressions and long passages of narrative blurting out mental anguish - it's done in a subtle and more effective way. His strength as a director is to capture portrayals which could be happening right there and then on your street, every character is believable. Even the mentally deficient Morell who provides us with some over-the-top comedy moments feels real.
In a nutshell: A brilliant example of the type of cinema which feels as though it's more real life than fiction, and of which Meadow's is a master. Each character has a history, there are no clear cut bad eggs here - each is a product of their experiences. This is one of Meadows' earlier films, but it's still distinctly his. It feels wrong to describe the cast as actors as they never seem to be acting, they seem to *be* the characters they play on screen. A special mention to the superb Paddy Considine and young Andrew Shim who went on to appear in other Shane Meadows films.