- Fish Tank review by CM
Perhaps too true to life for some people. There was nothing good about this film. The current recession is making life hard for most people due to the uncertaintity about the future, so we need a bit of escapism which you do not get from this film.
2 out of 6 members found this review helpful.
Awful, over-rated, boring British film
- Fish Tank review by PV
There is nothing good about this film. It's the kind of sub-Ken Loach and sub-Mike Leigh poverty porn realism much loved by critics - but really, it is patronising, dishonest, self-indulgent pap.
I come from the same homw town as the dirctor and I can tell you that is is mostly middle-class suburbia too! So the portrayal of it as some kind of awful sink estate in dishonest.
What we need are good stories well told - that is what we need in the British film industry; not this awful tedious pity party - this film is typical of all that is wrong with British film-making.
1 out of 6 members found this review helpful.
A film to admire rather than like
- Fish Tank review by RP
This film won the 2010 BAFTA for Outstanding British Film – and rightly so. It's not a pretty story – but it will grab you and not let you go until it reaches its inevitable conclusion. 15 year old Mia (an astonishing role by Katie Jarvis) lives with her single, slutty, mother and younger sister in a high rise block of council flats in Rainham, Essex, within sight of the Dartford Crossing QE II bridge. [Aside: the location is the Mardyke Estate, also seen in 'Made In Dagenham' and now being redeveloped].
Mia's mother moves her boyfriend Connor in. Mia finds Connor not only useful as a source of cash and a video camera to record her dancing - which he encourages - but also finds him attractive. There is a certain inevitability as we watch the film that things will almost certainly go wrong - and of course they do. Mia's world slowly unravels as she has sex with Connor, find out that he is (of course) married, that (of course) he has a child and that her dreams of becoming a dancer are (of course) hopelessly unrealistic.
Yes, it's a downbeat film – but it has a realism and feels so true to a certain gritty slice of life and the personalities and the f-ing and blinding that goes with it that it is very watchable through to its ending which is happier than you might expect. 5/5 stars. Highly recommended – but it's a film to admire rather than like.
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