Kidulthood: Film #57 of Film 365

Monday 1st August 2011

Director: Menhaj Huda
Year:  2006
Stars: Aml Ameen, Red Madrell, Noel Clarke, Adam Deacon, Jaime Winstone, Femi Oyeniran

So, at least I'm starting the month with a movie! And it is something of a departure from the Harry Potter franchise... I've only really heard good things about Kidulthood, and have wanted to see it for a while. So when BBC3 decided to show this and Adulthood over a couple of days, I really didn't want to miss them. I've not got around to watching Adulthood yet, but after seeing this I'm looking forward to it.

Initially I wasn't sure what to make of Kidulthood, which follows a group of 15 year olds based in West London as they struggle to deal with life. As all the characters were introduced, I thought "I hate all these people - I have no idea how why I would enjoy this because it's clearly impossible to identify with any of them". Well, total kudos to the filmmakers - by the end of the movie I really, really cared about almost all of the characters; even the ones I still didn't like that much! Almost all of them felt redeemable, and victims of circumstance as much as anything else. It's a powerful story with some amazing performances by the cast. If you get a chance, watch this.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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