May 23, 2012 Leave a comment
If you remember my review on the film, The Iron Lady, you’ll realize how much I loathed a film that failed to truly capture the essence of the polarizing politician of England during a time when unemployment was high, war was happening and rioting was increasing. It saddened me to see such a character and opportunity to show the effects of her ruling did to the country of England, possibly framing her in a different, accurate light instead of the frail, dementia laden woman she was at the closing of the film. You never truly got a sense to understand what life was like under her tutelage as Prime Minister, but I guess it wouldn’t have been kind to begin with. So in 2006, Director Shane Meadows created a film that captures his life in a semi-autobiographical way to showcase a micro-cosom of those that were living through a rough time in England’s growth. It was the era of Thatcher’s rule and This Is England was a portrait of a group of youth skinheads trying to find and hold on to their identity when the future itself was bleak and uncertain.