A Room For Romeo Brass (2000)

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Romeo Brass is a schoolboy whose friendships and family are turned upside down by the arrival of a socially inadequate misfit played by Paddy Considine who insinuates himself into his life.

Another gritty real life drama from Shane Meadows typically blends domestic drama, comedy and urban violence in this in turns humorous and disturbing tale of suburban Britain. All the performances are very good and completely believable, filmed in Meadows’ usual naturalistic style and once again Paddy Considine steals the show as the unhinged Morrell who is harmless and hilarious at the outset but terrifying and creepy when he shows his true colours. My one criticism would be that the situation is resolved a little too conveniently and as a result I was left wanting more, but a damning criticism that certainly is not.

Not quite up to the standard of This Is England, but a fine film nonetheless.

6.5/10

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