After spending 8 years in jail, Bill (Charlie Creed-Miles) is finally released and finds that everything at home has changed. His wife has run out, not only on him, but also on his 11 and 15 year old sons. Bill’s eldest son Dean (Will Poulter) has tried to keep everything under control and wants nothing to do with his father. Bill is happy with that deal as he’s not ready to be a hands on dad, but that all changes when social services get involved and threaten to put the boys into care, unless Bill takes charge. Surprisingly, Bill enjoys this role, but when his younger son Jimmy (Sammy Williams) gets into a spot of bother with the local gangsters, will Bill stand up for his son, and risk going to jail, or will he look after himself?

Guy Ritchie seems to have the hold on English Gangster films. He makes tough but also enjoyable, quirky, fun films like RockNRolla and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, so it’s hard to imagine anyone else making an impact on this genre.

Dexter Fletcher has managed to do it with his directorial debut. Fletcher has created his own interpretation of the English Gangster movie. His is a charming gangster film.  Had this been made in Hollywood, it would have been a saccharine filled, sop fest. Fletcher is spot on with his tone and story. It’s a gritty enough gangster story, without being too over the top, with a gripping family story at the heart of it

While some of the ‘Gangster’ casting could have been improved, the casting of the actual family was perfect! Creed-Miles, Poulter, and Williams work so well together. Their interactions are so natural that sometimes you forget you’re watching actors acting!

This won’t have a big impact at the cinema but it is definitely worth the watch. This is a great directorial debut by Fletcher. He does not try any over the top tricks/flairs, and as a result pulls off a charming, witty film. If this is what he has done with his first film, I can’t wait to see what he gives us next!

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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