Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Set against the backdrop of Thatchers 80’s and the rise of skin head culture, This Is England is Shane Meadows doing what he did best – social drama but not in a Ken Loach way. That’s not to diss Loach (I’m a big fan of his recent work) but Meadows brings a lived experience to his films and for me has always been at his best when revisiting those on screen. What I loved about This Is England is that whilst it’s a familiar story, Meadows fins a fresh spin on it that makes it seen even more relevant today as the rise of extreme politics continues to gather pace. A great cast (Thomas Turgoose shines as does the always excellent Stephen Graham) & some gritty direction make this a real stand out.
Best Bit: Turgoose is phenomenal.
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: I Daniel Blake, A Room for Romeo Brass, American History X