Filth

Filth Film Movie 2013 James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Shirley Henderson, Jim Broadbent, Emun Elliott, Iain De Caestecker, Kate Dickie, Martin Compston, Gary Lewis, David Soul

Filth: a detective gunning for promotion is also heading for a breakdown, but how long can he keep his many plates spinning? This is the latest movie adaptation of an Irvine Welsh book, and feels like it’s going for a “Trainspotting for the teenies” angle. It would be silly to complain about the content of a film called Filth, but in case you need a heads-up: it’s crammed with deviant sex & sexuality, drug use, violence, and oodles of fantastically creative swearing, amongst other things. The over-emphasis of the of the craziness going on in Bruce’s mind – hallucinations, binges, sex, porn – don’t really detract from the story, because Bruce’s nose-candy nose-dive IS the story. Despite all the headline-grabbing controversial content crammed into this, the main talking point is undoubtedly James McAvoy’s performance; in an era where leading men no longer required to be likeable or even remotely empathetic, he works wonders with the few tiny slivers of humanity he gets. My biggest concern of the picture however is it’s extremely unflattering – and wholly unrealistic – take on Scotland and it’s culture: if it’s not films about the Loch Ness Monster, it’s about the druggies of Trainspotting, Red Road, NEDS, and now Filth – the Scottish tourist board must really hate our film industry.

Score: 6.5/10

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5 comments
  1. Great write-up man. Totally agree about McAvoy and the Scottish tourist board ;)

    The only pleasant film I’ve seen recently set in Scotland was Sunshine on leith. With a referendum coming up, it doesn’t look bright.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      That’s my main question to Mr Salmond – “Will Scottish Cinema still be considered ‘British Cinema'”?.

      My vote’s counting on it!

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      • There will be no such thing as “Britain” as far as I’m aware. Although saying that, I’m unsure of how they differentiate between Britain and the United Kingdom. I know that “United Kingdom” will longer exist.

        – My vote’s counting on that.

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  2. I’m mostly interested in this for McAvoy, so it’s nice to hear he at least delivers.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Be warned – it’s definitely not a loveable, or likeable performance. Just admirable!

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