British director Peter MacKenzie and scripter Ed Whitmore adapt the 2002 novel of the same name, a quirky, bittersweet, coming-of-age psychodrama by Peter Jinks. The titular character is the 17-year-old who, still rattled by the death of his mom, retreats into a deep-seated fantasy world.
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Dysfunctional masculinity made curiously endearing. On paper, this character should be hideous, yet as the spectator, you are compelled to root for his breakthrough, however convoluted and messy it may be. A perfect storm of a film.
Scottish adolescent becomes certain his widowed father's new fiancée is responsible for Mommy's drowning - then falls for a girl who's a dead ringer for the dear departed. Jamie Bell's performance is the key element allowing bizarre story to overcome its fabricated feeling and elicit sympathy for an ultimately creepy character. Striking views from Edinburgh's rooftops and original animated title sequence are bonuses.
This is quite the little gem. Fantastic performance from the always wonderful Jamie Bell.
Not to mention the good direction from Mackenzie and the superb soundtrack. The supporting cast is also wonderful.
Some very nice photography and editing. Unfortunately, the story isn't very good. Hallam isn't a very compelling character. A lot of quirk for the sake of quirk. A lot of trite, half-baked oedipal ideas and too much melodrama. David Mackenzie has made some very good movies, but this isn't one of them.
EditierenZu den Stärken des Films zählt das gegen Ende sehr schön aufgelöst wird, warum wer wie reagiert hat. Das allzu schnell gebildete Urteil des Zuschauers wird damit umgeworfen.
Trotz dieser Stärken hat der Film in der Mitte etwas nachgelassen, um gegen Ende wieder fahrt aufzunehmen. Ich persönlich kann aber nicht genau festmachen, an was das gelegen hat.
El fondo de la historia es muy debil e insiste en soportar en el la pelicula, lo que hace que se debilite la historia a veces. Pero al final tienes algo facil de digerir y que te cautiva. Buena fotografia y banda sonora simple pero buena.
A strange story that unfortunately gives the impression of working too hard to be weird and twisted in a fun kind of way. The soundtrack gave it away - it resembled too much Ayoade's Submarine without any substance.