Saturday, 26 March 2011
Director: Richard Ayoade
Starring: Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins
Definitely go and see it. For a debut film, this is very good. The shooting is nice and artistic, aided by it's beautiful Welsh scenery and sweeping sunset beach scenes (although pushing it a bit with the sheer volume of such scenes). The actors are great, and their comic execution is excellent. Alex Turner's soundtrack was also not that bad, it fitted with the ambiance of the film quite perfectly. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
On the surface, I was not too keen on the twee story; an adolescent with parental issues and a first love, you can imagine a fifteen year old submitting it as ground-breaking and original creative writing coursework, only to discover its horrible banality. However, don't let that put you off, Ayoade (and, presumably, the novel it was based on) has managed to turned it around to be quite a refreshing subversion of angst into witticism. On the whole, not what you would expect when you picture Moss behind the scenes.