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Room for Romeo Brass, A
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by Chris Parry

"Quirky to a fault."
3 stars

A Room For Romeo Brass is a decent film. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would say Shane Meadows' follow up to 24/7 was brilliant and likewise you'd look long and hard to find anyone who could honestly say it stank. It's just that awful middle ground, the place critics hate, where you can only waffle on about how some things were good and some were bad and it'd make a great Saturday afternoon video and, oh hell, I'm doing it now.

So there's these two kids, right. One has a back problem, one is a black problem (did you see what I did there? I added a letter and... okay, shut up now, give me my fricking moment of glory already). One kid's parents are boneheads, the other kid's parents are.. boneheads. And THEN! Then they befriend a fruitloop, just out of the army, who likes the sister of one and sets about winning her heart, even though the fella is clearly a mental midget barely capable of avoiding eating the lead paint of the walls.

So for a while, RFRB is a happy little 'two kids and their moron' tale suitable for most Disney audiences, but it takes an odd turn late that sits uncomfortably with most viewers. If RFRB wanted to be a psychological thriller, it should have set out to establish that feel early on. If it wanted to be a social statement, it should have worked at that. What it seems to have wanted for the first 70% of the film is to be a happy tale of immaturity and adventure, and such aims sit well as the film rolls along like a boy's own tale.

But whether it was a late attempt at commerciality, a panicked attempt at completing a script that wasn't working or a failed attempt at delivering a shock (I don't want to give away any surprises, so I'll be vague here), the film just loses it's way in the last act and flipflops to the ending.

Performances are fine for the most part, especially Paddy Considine who gives a top-to-tail solid performance as the Gump. Without Considine, the film would have truly fallen apart, and he straddles the line between farce and fierce quite nicely. The direction is capable. Bob Hoskins minor role is clearly a forgiveable effort to get an extra marquee name in the film, but what we're looking at here is an essentially good movie that just leaves the viewer unsated at the end through a lack of payoff, message and impact. All show, no pro.

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User Comments

6/06/05 oneika russell seen it twice in different countries, deeply affected both times 5 stars
10/18/04 will rogers (ivan campo) I thoroughly enjoyed this film 5 stars
9/12/04 Stan87 Best british film bar none. 5 stars
5/19/02 Edwin Menguin Best British film since 'Meantime' 5 stars
10/15/00 Tim absolutely amazing- truly unforgettable! 5 stars
10/09/00 neil bartlett choose your friends wisely. 4 stars
10/05/00 Spetters Compared to Meadows´Twentyfourseven, this one is a bit dissapointing, but still quite good. 4 stars
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  27-Oct-2000 (R)


  12-Oct-2000 (M)

Directed by
  Shane Meadows

Written by
  Shane Meadows
  Paul Fraser

  Andrew Shim
  Ben Marshall
  Paddy Considine
  Frank Harper
  Julia Ford
  Bob Hoskins

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