A delightful artifact of adolescent rebellion circa-90s Britain. The anti-capitalist themes which would become trademarks in Anderson's subsequent films present themselves here in a uniquely youth-oriented context as the characters paradoxically find their whole lives ahead of them and no viable direction to travel within society (cont.)
Maybe worth seeing early development of JL's signature pouty glare. But he's weak, even silly, as a tough-guy daredevil. The film might have been fun as a less talky FABLE, but instead it demands historicity, with leaden cues like, "It's the 90s. Sex isn't safe anymore." You might put together a pat Freudian reading with this sex-phobia and all the sticks, fingers, and ramming here. But you'd have to watch it again.
There are fun moments, interspersed with occasional character development. To be honest, I would rate the last half of the movie much higher than the first, as the first is mainly uninteresting, trite sequences (which make the movie look quite dated). Acting and writing are a mixed bag, but the gritty aesthetic and cinematography are decent in places. Nothing special, but the inevitable conclusion is worth it.
Fantastic mood and style in this portrait of England's equivalent of rust belt malaise. Deserves much of the credit for capturing moody '90's cool that often goes to (say) Linklater's sophomore work or Reality Bites. Without being too psychological about it, Shopping delves into the hungry fantasies that so often lie opposite fantastic wealth and consumer showmanship. The subject is not one but two juvenile contests.
I also almost took a pass on this one. Throughout I was reminded of Hill's "The Warriors", Cronenberg's "Crash" and Jarman's "The Last of England" as well as "Blade Runner" and "A Clockwork Orange". In a future England "vapidly rebellious" teens crash stolen cars into stores to steal (or not) the goods inside. Nothing particularly original when you come down to it but a nice bit of post modernism for what it is.
this might look like an ok blade runner knock-off, but if we indulge ourselves in attaching meanings to the story; despite our characters' unattractive lifestyles, we all face the struggle between doing it for passion(Billy), the cynical, practical, dirty business (mostly Tommy), and the hopeful, escapist's urges (Jo). Then the film paints a dark but likely progression of choices that a troubled youngster would make
Anderson has crafted an interesting dystopian drama that doesn't indict society for the crimes of its youth (like A CLOCKWORK ORANGE). Instead, the film focuses on the pains and joys of a group of delinquents, slaves to a self-destructive lifestyle who enjoy their slavery. Blessed by good performances, beautifully nasty urban imagery, and a kick-ass soundtrack, SHOPPING is fascinating and entertaining throughout.
Feels more like something made to exemplify Anderson's future credentials as a director for hire as opposed to something made out of a genuine concern. The vaguely post-apocalyptic setting is interesting but not fully developed, while the satirical swipes at consumerism and desensitised youth culture are obvious and second-hand. Nonetheless, Anderson turns in a great Ridley Scott impression and the action is salient.