Moon Dogs (2017)

Director: Philip John

Writer: Derek Boyle, Raymond Friel (Screenplay)

Starring: Jack Parry-Jones, Christy O’Donnell, Tara Lee, Chris Donald, Tam Dean Burn, Tanya Franks, Shauna Macdonald

 

Plot: Two teenage step brothers fall for the same girl on a chaotic road trip from Shetland to Glasgow.

 

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Verdict: Delightful Heart-warming Film

 

Story: Moon Dogs starts as we meet our two step brothers, Michael (Parry-Jones) who is about to take his last exam before university and Thor (O’Donnell) the musician who likes to experiment with his sound on the remote island of Shetland. When Michael fails his exams he doesn’t get a chance to head to Glasgow with his girlfriend, forcing him to get job.

When Michael believes his girlfriend is cheating on him, he grabs Thor and the two go off crossing the islands to mainland Scotland and along the way they meet the free spirit Caitlin (Lee) and the three head to Glasgow with Michael looking to find his girlfriend, Caitlin look to head to a music festival while Thor search for his long-lost mother. Along the way the two boys both fall for Caitlin as we see how the two’s lives get turned upside by the adventure.

 

Thoughts on Moon Dogs

 

Characters – Michael believes his life is going to get him out of his small Shetland Island town with his university in Glasgow but when that dreams get shattered he must face a year of work. He keeps hope alive of leaving but soon he decides to up and leave to find his girlfriend with his brother. Thor is the step brother of Michael that spends his time making music as he is hiding from the social side of the world, he agrees to go with Michael to Glasgow believe it will give him a chance to meet his mother. Caitlin is the free spirit the boys meet along the way, she is a lot more streetwise than they are but also has her own dreams of getting to Glasgow to perform in a music festival. The relationship between the brother’s does feel genuine throughout the film as they are loyal to each other while also not being good friends.

PerformanceThe performances from the three young actors are great with Jack Parry-Jones showing us the young man who believes he path is set for him. Christy O’Donnell could be considered the scene stealer with his emotionally driven performance while Tara Lee is great throughout the film.

StoryThe road trip story is a tried and tested formula, it has relationships pushed to the limits along the way which is the driving force of the completing it desire. Having all three having different motivation into going gives our characters the chance of self-discovery that they needed and you are happy to join them on the adventure.

ComedyThe comedy used through the film is placed perfectly hand in hand with the drama giving us a light-hearted take on a real-life experience that the boys would go on.

SettingsShowing the small-town settings the boys come from in Shetland heading towards one of the biggest cities in Scotland Glasgow shows the different world they are entering into.

Scene of the Movie – Laptop party.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The one addition I would like to have seen would have been learning how long the parents have been together.

Final ThoughtsThis is a charming comedy drama showing the difficulties young people can have seeing people leave their small town only to be left behind and this follows their desire to also leave even for just one day.

 

Overall: Enjoyable comedy drama with heart, laughs and a message.

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We Still Steal the Old Way (2017)

Director: Sacha Bennett

Writer: Sacha Bennett, Simon Cluett (Screenplay)

Starring: Ian Ogilvy, Julian Glover, Chris Ellison, Deborah Moore, Billy Murray, Patrick Bergin, Vaz Blackwood, Tanya Franks, Sacha Bennett, Jonathan Sothcott

 

Plot: The Archer Gang are back and doing a daring heist in London. Remanded in prison, they will try to break out their old friend Briggs.

 

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Verdict: British Gangster Prison Break Edition

 

Story: We Still Steal the Old Way starts with Richie Archer (Ogilvy) warning Sir Edward (Glover) that if he doesn’t return the money he stole from the innocent, he will be taking it. Putting his team together Richie engages in his crime only for getting caught to be part of the plan.

The plan is to help George Briggs (Pergin) get out of prison so he can spend time with his dying wife. The plan has a spanner thrown into the works when Vic Farrow (Murray) gets himself transferred to the same prison so he can kill and get revenge on Richie. Can the plan still come together the way Richie has planned.

 

Thoughts on We Still Steal the Old Way

 

Characters/PerformanceRichie is the confident London gangster who always has a plan, he has loyal friends as well as respected by the higher ups within the crime world. Richie is happy to have a respect filled conversation and doesn’t enjoy the new world youth that is full of disrespect. Vic comes from the same world as Richie but has become the great rival against him, he is serving time waiting for his revenge to come. The rest of the characters are a mix of different associates within the crime world.

Performance wise we have good performance from Ian Ogilvy as Richie with Billy Murray being the great villain of the piece. All the performances are good with most of the cast being the guys you would expect to see in the gangster style movies. Vaz Blackwood does give us a scene stealing performance in this film too.

StoryThe story is a sequel to ‘We Still Kill the Old Way’ and this time we continue to see how Richie can keep everything under control, the story revolves around breaking one man out of prison with the problems that could intel. We do get to have moments where we see the older character’s poke fun at how things have changed in the game they have made their own.

CrimeThe crime world has been created in the first film, this is the next chapter as we see old enemies and friends work together in this gritty crime thriller.

SettingsMost of the movie takes place inside the prison which shows how the two worlds are similar for the characters involved.

Final ThoughtsNot being the biggest fan of the British Gangster films, I did find myself enjoying this because of the colourful characters not being to extremely stereotyped and the heist side of the film.

 

Overall: Gritty British Gangster movie that can be enjoyed by the fans of the genre.

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