A Room for Romeo Brass (1999) - Comedy, Drama

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Two twelve-year-old boys, Romeo and Gavin, undergo an extraordinary test of character and friendship when Morell, a naive but eccentric and dangerous stranger, comes between them. Morell ...

IMDB: 7.6
Director: Shane Meadows
Stars: Martin Arrowsmith, Dave Blant
Length: 90 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 3 out of 47 found boring (6.38%)

One-line Reviews (27)

I enjoyed it even more than the brilliant This is England.

The stunning combination of human weakness and courage revealed in that moment is truly profound.

The narrative offered me a few problems in the extremes but the natural and engaging delivery covered for them, while Meadows brings roundly convincing performances from his cast, not least of which are two strong debuts from Shim and Considine.

But for a film as emotive, engaging, and gut-wrenching as a 2 hour Pulp song, that criticism seems petty.

Superb,Stunning,and even disturbing .

I had my arm twisted to go and see this and was knocked out by the unsentimental acting of the two central young characters (Gavin and Romeo), as well as the brilliant accuracy of the dialogue (uncertain, banal and lyrical portrayals of tenderness and callousness coexisting wonderfully well).

SPOILER TIME: The morally ambiguous end is just stunning, and has prompted me to write this review, as well as recommend the film to everyone I have ever met ever.

What starts out as an upbeat comedy-drama about the friendship between two young boys is extremely enjoyable.

However, once a certain act happens about halfway into the movie, it became quite predictable how it was going to progress.

Shane Meadows offers some interesting observations on society, but it's Paddy Considine's magnificent performance that really makes this worth watching .

For my money Considine is Britain's most exciting actor currently working.

Coming Of Age .

This moment is handled so well and one of the film's chief assets is the stunning performance by Paddy Considine (Romeo Brass is, amazingly, his debut).

It is filled with stunning performances, witty dialogue and so many small moments that just feel true.

It was a little predictable and missed some emotional connections which would have made it more powerful.

Although not quite comparable, this film reminded me somewhat of THE SIXTH SENSE, in which an entertaining movie frustratingly missing greatness is suddenly transformed into something much richer and more complex by a startling climax.

Although the twee guitar music is laid on a bit thick, Meadows achieves some sublime epiphanies out of his mundane material, in particular the gorgeous swimming pool sequence early on.

Good film becomes great with stunning climax (possible spoiler) .

I imagine that trying to deliver a convincing script in a movie like this is quite a challenge as there are many filler scenes and slow scenes used to build characters which use heavy dialogue.

".. Romeo Brass" is a stunning and disturbing examination of human relationships.

I thought Morell would start terrorising Gavin after this but nothing happened.

The gripping layered performance of Morell by Considine makes it difficult to believe that this was the actor's first movie role.

Overall then this is an enjoyable and quite disturbing film.

The most enjoyable aspect of this film is that you are watching real people in real situations, presented in a way that highlights familiar faults and flaws.

It just had too many flaws for my liking and was slow in parts.

Having watched Dead Man's Shoes a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it, I was quite looking forward to this movie.

Therefore, when I was told I would be watching A Room For Romeo Brass, which was also directed by Meadows, I thought it might be enjoyable to say the least.