Kidulthood (2006) Movie Review

Director: Menhaj Huda

Writer: Noel Clarke (Screenplay)

Starring: Aml Ameen, Red Madrell, Noel Clarke, Adam Deacon, Jaime Winstone, Femi Oyeniran, Nicholas Hoult

Plot: A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London.

Tagline – Before adulthood comes…

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Streets Trouble 101

Story: Kidulthood starts as we follow the school teenagers in a west London school, where Sam (Clarke) controls people, Trife (Ameen) is starting to break into the drug world, while Alisa (Madrell) is dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, where the bullying through the school is shocking to see, with the gang mentality leading to the suicide of one of the students.

We follow the day after the suicide, where Alisa and Becky (Winstone) go on a bender, drinks and drugs, while Trife, Jay (Deacon) and Moony (Oyeniran) are getting into trouble with their rivalry with Sam.

Thoughts on Kidulthood

Characters – Trife or Trevor does make drugs with his time in school, he learns his ex is now pregnant and is getting tired of the gangs around the area, causing the problems in his life, Alisa is pregnant after teaching on Trevor, she doesn’t know who the father is and is still in the shock of seeing a friend from school commit suicide. Sam is the biggest bully in the school, he pushes people into doing his dirty work and forces people to do what he wants with intimidation. We do see the friends of Trevor’s who are more trouble than they seem to be, the selfish friend Becky who doesn’t help Alisa through her struggle and the people that are the brunt of the abuse. Most of these characters are not likable, while Trevor and Alisa are trying to escape this world for the better, they are still making the naïve decisions.

PerformancesThe performances in the film are strong with Aml Ameen, Red Madrell and Noel Clarke bring the strength and weaknesses in their characters to life, showing just how aggressive the world around them is.

StoryThe story here follows the day in the life of a group of teenagers in the aftermath of a suicide of a bullied classmate, showing how they are out of control and making mistakes which will stop them escaping the vicious circle. This story does take focus on how the gang mentality in the London can take a hold on young people, forcing them to make bad decisions in life which will ruin their chances of a future. We do have a couple of important themes, first is the underaged pregnancy and how to deal with it, while the suicide doesn’t get enough attention, because nobody seems to get to pay for their behaviour for this incident. The themes of growing up don’t seem to get the full attention because the young people seem like they are in a position where they simply can’t be saved from.

Crime/Romance The world the characters are in shows us just how the criminal behaviour of the youngsters is in , will continue to grow, with the romance being what could have been, with everyone seemingly willing to cheat on each other.

SettingsThe film uses the London setting to show how the gangs are always protecting and shows the divide between people in such a close area.

Scene of the Movie – The party.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The characters.

Final Thoughts This is an interesting look at how the neighbourhood would act around London, even though it wants to try and tackle bigger issues, it fails to address them well enough.

Overall: Interesting Vision of London.

ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nominations – G – Emma (2020) Movie Review

This is under G because of Hair & Makeup Artist, Georgina Gabbie.

Director: Autumn de Wilde

Writer: Eleanor Catton (Screenplay) Jane Austin (Novel)

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Angus Imrie, Mia Goth, Johnny Flynn, Gemma Whelan, Bill Nighy, Rupert Graves, Miranda Hart

Plot: In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.

Tagline – Love knows best.

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Emma starts as we see how Emma Woodhouse (Taylor-Joy) uses her high society position to help with matchmaking, getting great pleasure from seeing people together, while caring for her father Mr Woodhouse (Nighy). When Emma makes a new friend in Harriet Smith (Goth) she tries to pull the strings to arrange her a man, while Emma finally starts to think about her own future with the family friend Mr Knightley (Flynn) being the person most attracted to them both.

Thoughts on Emma

Characters & Performances – Emma Woodhouse is a young woman that has been playing matchmaker in high society for years, she enjoys help and medalling in relationships, seeing it as her entertainment, never finding herself wanting her own love. Most people up to her for respect, by being her friend means you have elevated to a new social level in the area even if some of the people on the same level of her question her actions. Anya Taylor-Joy is the highlight of the film, where she is both captivating and filled with the arrogance of her position in the world. We do get to meet a host of other people who are trying to fight for their place in high society showing the shallow mindset of the people involved.

StoryThe story here follows a young woman in high society that enjoys her time matchmaking instead of settling down herself, she enjoys her position of power and sees each chapter of love something she wants to help make happen. This is based on the classic novel of the same name that does put the full spotlight on Emma and her actions, it shows how the high society were always stuck up and always putting their own lives above anyone else relying on the people who keep their homes spotless to do most of the work. This is one that will appeal to the fans of the period dramas, but if you are tired of seeing how stuck up people used to act, this isn’t going to be one for you.

ThemesEmma is a comedy romance drama that does get to poke fun and the high society and their quirks that control their lives, the most impresses part of the film is the costumes and styles used to show us how the characters would have dressed and looked in the same era.

Final Thoughts Emma is an easy watch poke at high society that will help complete the ridiculous way of life they once had.