Another film that walks the line between revenge and carnage, and begs the audience to consider whether Richard is any better than the torturers of his brother. The black and white aesthetic of the "remembered" events was weak, but otherwise it looked great. Gorgeous landscapes and unsavoury characters in every scene, with Paddy Considine as an absolutely menacing vigilante.
This movie is one of the best I've seen in recent years. The harrowing yet understated tone and feel of the movie, the terrifying and tragic turn by Considine, the awesome acting by Kebbell, the inspired soundtrack choices, the gritty and realistic setting. In my book this movie can do no wrong! A true five star experience.
Death Wish meets What's Eating Gilbert Grape meets Trainspotting meets The Sixth Sense. I think there's some Toad the Wet Sprocket and Mormon Tabernacle Choir in there too.
And yet it somehow manages to still fail.
But at least the British middle class can still rely on the military's instinct to throw itself on the sword before things get so bad that the wife and kids miss low tea.
Meadows nails the chav-Western in impressively existential fashion with a film that is funny, sad and haunting. Giving equal screen time to the villains as Richard highlights that the people who do bad things in small towns are often already in a hell of their own making. Revenge then only results in an immersion of their world. To be honest though I don't fancy the sombre finale over the more comical moments.
I watched this film again today and discovered why I rate this so highly. Considine's performance is beautiful; he is seemingly caring with brother Antony then so brutal, terrifying and fearless in his vengeance. This film never fails to amaze me and the sound used is terrific in terms of setting the mood and tone for the film. Dead Man's Shoes is an easily achievable film which Meadows directs brilliantly.