Review of Dead Man’s Shoes (2004)

11 Feb

Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) is a British revenge thriller/drama film.

Directed by Shane Meadows (This Is England (2006), Somers Town (2008)).

Written by Shane Meadows (Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002), A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)) and Paddy Considine (Dog Altogether (2007 Short), Tyrannosaur (2011)), who is also the star of the film.

Starring: Paddy Considine, Toby Kebbell, Gary Stretch, Stuart Wolfenden, Paul Sadot and others.

It starts with two men just walking through some country areas and I at first thought that it might be about homeless people. I turned out to be wrong. The two men are brothers, that are walking back to their hometown. One of them is mentally handicapped and I liked that he was portrayed tastefully, thanks to Toby Kebbell. We get some flashbacks in a home video format of the brothers playing around together. And then through the film we get other similarly shot flashbacks of the younger brother being made fun of by a group of people.

Quite a challenge for me was understanding all the heavy accents and the lower-class slang, but once you get used to it, you don’t really notice a few words slipping over your head.

I knew basically nothing about this film when I started watching it, so I was pleasantly surprised when I got that it’s a revenge thriller. I just love those.

The soundtrack makes it feel like a very different kind of movie, almost like some art house film, when it’s actually a very brutal revenge story.

The main character is totally bad-ass, Paddy Considine, is totally amazing. He doesn’t even hide from the bad guys or anything, he just threatens them and then fulfills his threats. He’s as „anti” as an anti-hero gets and at a point you start wondering if he’s really better than the bad guys.

The bad guys are total idiots and kinda cliché, there’s one leader who is a bit cooler and better looking than the rest and a couple of morons.

The flashbacks with the younger brother being abused are just gut-wrenching, I felt bad watching them. They’re basically like that scene in The Elephant Man, where the drunk people just barge in and start having fun „with” Joseph Merrick.

The writing and acting are just perfect, mostly thanks to Paddy Considine.

I remember reading somewhere the film described as „Taxi Driver meets First Blood” and it sort of does describe the film.

I don’t want to say too much about it, because I enjoyed it more by not knowing anything about it.

Overall, a great movie, an unapologetic revenge flick, that is so much more than that. Totally recommended for everyone who wants be both touched by the issue and shocked by the brutality.

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