I love me some Paddy Considine, so I enjoyed his cinematic debut here. I'm also a fan of Meadows' This Is England series, the seeds of which seem to have been planted here. Both Vicki McClure and Andrew Shim figure large in TIE. Romeo Brass also foreshadows some themes of the first TIE, inc. an older male figure fraternizing w/ younger lads coming of age in working class England. Nice work from everyone involved.
I have alienated two past partners with my affection for this film. I think this is in part due to the way it sways between sentimentality, bolshy humour and genuine menace - which, to me, is an accurate summation of boyhood. But perhaps you have to have some pity for Morell to truly love 'Romeo Brass'. Perhaps being male gives me the privilege of not finding him sexually threatening, allowing distance.