Wednesday, 26 January 2011

NEDs....

....None Educated Delinquents - a film a few of the guys gathered together to watch tonight. Officially, it was our first TBC night of 2011. Remember them?! We cycled for a pint at the Princess Louise, then on to dinner at Carluccio's by the Renoir Cinema in Russell Square. After having talked about the film when walking out and Liam & I all the way home, I am still not entirely sure what to make of it.



Certainly it's a brooding, dark, tension-filled two hours, that's for sure. There have been mild comparisons to Dead Man's Shoes or This Is England....but I immediately held more affection for them. I understood the narrative. Here, a smart Glaswegian boy, John McGuire, seems to have his destiny in his hands. But rather than chose the right way, adolescence and perhaps his immediate environment, (criminal older brother, alcoholic, wife-beating father), made him fall in with the local NEDs. Soon, McGuire's personality seems to change irrevocably, leading to fairly brutal scenes.



*SPOILER ALERT*

Two scenes left me somewhat baffled - one, with him at his most destructive, he fantasises about a Jesus statue coming to life and embracing him. Redemption? Seeing the light? Who knows. And then the final scene, where McGuire is confronted, inescapably by one of his victims. They lead one another through a field of lions - perhaps a metaphor....but for what I just don't know.



I didn't dislike the film, but I can't work out if I enjoyed it either. One thing is for certain, the acting, throughout, was exceptional. The cast gave you a sense of what it was really like to be walking in a Glasgow estate in the 70s. And believe me, it is not something I would like to have done!

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