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A Room For Romeo Brass Review


Excellent
There's something sick about a 25-year-old man wanting to befriend kids the age of 12 or 13. But it makes for great cinema, especially when the guy is affable and goofy, like newcomer Paddy Considine's character Morell, in A Room for Romeo Brass. Once he gains the trust of his two adolescent pals Romeo and Knocks, the good times start to roll as the two boys ditch school and head for the hills in search of adventure with their newfound friend. Directed by Shane Meadows (TwentyFourSeven), the film is at its core a twisted comedy about a young boy, Romeo Brass (Andrew Shim), and his search for love, attention, and acceptance through his friends and in defiance of his family.

The story begins with Romeo and best friend Knocks (Ben Marshall) as inseparable pals who live as neighbors in suburban England. Knocks has a rare back disorder that requires surgery and keeps him constantly limping, but his family is supportive, especially his mother and father as they excitedly anticipate his recovery. Romeo, on the other hand, lives with his mother and older sister in a volatile household with no father figure. In fact, Romeo's estranged dad Joseph (Frank Harper), shows up right around the same time the boys encounter Morell.

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A Room For Romeo Brass Review


Weak

When its focus shifts from two working-class boyhood pals to the precarious friendship one of them shares with a borderline psychotic stalking his sister, "A Room for Romeo Brass" detours from slice-of-childhood English comedy into something darker and much less entertaining.

A semi-autobiographical tale directed by Shane Meadows ("TwentyFourSeven") and co-written with Brian Fraser, his best friend for 20 years, the picture is ostensibly about a rocky patch in the relationship between a pair of once-inseparable neighbor boys.

In the beginning it plays like a life-affirming dramedy in which 12-year-old pranksters Romeo and Gavin (very natural newcomers Andrew Shim and Ben Marshall) escape their various woes and dysfunctional families through their mischievous friendship.

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