Very good - but you might need subtitles (by alanjamesbuchan)
Fassbender is a good actor as is Brendan Gleeson and the story is a good one.It is hard to understand what they say & i am Scottish!! It's all gypo gypsie talk and anyone from anywhere else other than the UK is going to have a hard time with this - subtitles needed : The story is a well trodden one - where the main character wants to change his life but is enmeshed in the culture he was brought up in and it's taking him down.Some good car chases - even through fields!! Someone said it has no redeeming qualities but ultimately it's not Hollywood and there are no happy <more>
endings. A good gritty story with tension and a fair bit of action - food character study - Fassbender does a good job here.
Excellent story about a family of travellers involved in crime (by Boristhemoggy)
Firstly, this film is not about Gypsies or gangsters as has been said in some reviews, it's a story of a group of travelers, a very different set of people to gypsies and arguably not what popular opinion may define as gangsters.It follows the Cutler family and some others who live in a semi-permanent camp and take to criminal deeds to make ends meet. The head of the family is Colby played brilliantly by Brendan Gleeson, and his son Chad played just as brilliantly by Michael Fassbender takes a lead role. The story is nothing new or exciting, the group struggle to survive and Chad along <more>
with his girlfriend Kelly and their 2 kids is keen to break free form the life they lead and do better. The father and the rest of the group want group cohesion and value Chad as an important part of their group especially during criminal endeavours. What sets it apart for me is that the acting is so superb from every single member of the cast that you really get to live the story and experience it. not even Georgie Smith who plays Tyson Cutler Chad's son nor Kacie Anderson who plays Chad's daughter put a foot wrong despite some scenes that could be difficult for kids. I would not say as some do that I really felt sorry for Chad's family and routed for them, or that I despised them for being criminals. I didn't make that decision in my mind although I was sad at the mindsets that were portrayed: it's such a shame that people can live this way with no regard for the rest of society. That said I did enjoy the portrayal of the lives and lifestyles by competent actors that made me believe the story. The only down side for me that prevented a 10 was the sometimes difficult filming, yet again this hand-held stuff that seems to be trendy to directors these days, but only serves to make us seasick and unable to focus on where the visuals are leading. I pray that one day some director will realize this is an awful way to film. In a nutshell a decent story, fabulous acting and great direction means a thoroughly enjoyable evening watching this and an after taste that Michael Fassbender reminds me of the superlative that is Daniel Day Lewis.
Great film - a snapshot into the lives of others (by terrorfirmer-ie)
Thought this was a fantastic film, didn't intend leaving a review but after seeing some of the extremely negative ones, I wanted to add some balance.To those who feel the movie had no point, went nowhere, offered nothing - I'm surprised you can't appreciate that the movie is simply a window into the lives of very real people.Yes, there's no clear narrative - it's not a story that begins at A and ends at Z, but it is a fascinating insight into the lives of others and a life so alien to the vast majority of people.There is also a message though, we're all just human at <more>
the end of the day and despite our differences we all have things in common - we just see them very differently.Fantastic film though with great performances.On another note - I'm from Ireland but I found the accents OK to cope with though there were more than a few lines of dialogue where it wasn't entirely clear what was being said.I can only imagine viewers from outside Ireland/UK would have a pretty tough time in spots - subtitles maybe recommended to assist you in some parts.
This is a really tough movie to watch. It's not glitter it's not really made to be epic or anything else. It's a movie that stays low, that deals with a lot of strains, especially concerning family issues. But not just one dimensional ones, rather multiple ones. Blood related family, chosen family and so on.Michael Fassbender and Gleeson are on a rampage acting wise. They really are amazing in this. The story is engaging enough and there is enough to enjoy. But you have to remember this is pretty gloomy. And the characters are not really people you'd necessarily root for in <more>
real life. But it's just that some people have to deal with different circumstances ... Not all the characters have to be likable - so just enjoy
Interesting to see how a movie about some travellers has the capacity and ability to unleash some proper prejudice in some reviews. This isn't without it's flaws but that's almost the idea running through the film in the first place. Family ties and families stifling you and free thought and freedom to live as you want are all themes that percolate just below the surface.The acting performances are very solid, even if the accents sometimes stray a bit. The vernacular is caught pretty well and the simple details are pretty much spot on. The camera-work is good and the score does <more>
the job. This doesn't try to scrub them up as some unrecognisable good ones underneath it all, it's warts and all but with some depth and texture.In that respect, I have to say that I didn't find it a million miles away from Moonlight, in the sense of people growing into inevitable futures. Different strokes for different blokes of course, but they are both human-led dramas in my opinion. In this one, Fassbender can't escape the cold grip of his family but sometimes, one wonders whether he wants to. Who'd want to live out with the fecking gadjos after all?