Scarlett Worthington’s review published on Letterboxd:
We really can’t let British film die, it would be a terrible loss to cinema.
Shockingly this is a film I’ve never heard of but the cinemas seem to be showing the best British films at the moment so I thought I’d go give it a watch and I’m very very glad I did.
For starters, young Daniel Day Lewis is fit as fuck. But on a real note this film is just a powerhouse in terms of emotion and performances. This working class struggle is reflected in all the film-making choices, it’s a proper gritty film that really gets down to the roots and I love that. I think grittiness is the main appeal of British films and I guess that kind of grit specific to my country is the only think I’ll ever be “patriotic” about. This grainy footage, bleak backdrops, thick accents, way too much swearing and people who work hard for what they want and what they feel is just what I know. All of those things just really resonate on a really deep level so just seeing that will always allow me to engage.
This film also offers a great insight into social problems that were rife in the eighties but remain relevant to this day. Class wars and race wars were at their height at this time and it amazes me that we haven’t learnt yet (I’m talking about the tories who are the main indoctrination of hatred). Amongst these serious themes however, there’s a beautiful relationship between Daniel Day Lewis’s Johnny and Gorden Warnecke’s Omar. Their love seems to be this beacon of hope amongst everything we see, every interaction they had just put a massive smile on my face and I think that speaks a lot of volume.
This film really has a lot going for it in terms of just being a beautiful story in general as well as acknowledging some important topics and I’m so glad I got to see it so I definitely recommend you check it out if you can!