You know, sometimes — just sometimes — I manage to get through two movies in the course of a Friday and Saturday.
And — just as sometimes — they are two VERY different films.
Last night … ?
Saw Kevin D, his wife, Sarah and I happily — possibly — sitting down with a copy of Hamlet 2.
And, you know, I’ve got to confess, I’m still fairly unsure about Hamlet 2.
At any rate, Movie Night Adrian and I managed to sit ourselves down with something very different, tonight …
The 2008, Neil Thompson directed, Geoff Thompson written,film, Clubbed.
And when I saw different, I mean very different … !
You see, where Hamlet 2 is a comedy, Clubbed is a gangster film.
One without Steve Coogan, which is possibly a good thing.
Set in the 1980s, Clubbed sees Mel Raido as Danny, a divorced factory worker, who — in an attempt to give his life some meaning — starts training at a local gym.
And eventually joining the gym’s owner and trainer-in-chief, Louis — played by the ever versatile Colin Salmon* — as a doorman at a local nightclub.
And, this being the 1980s, this isn’t the easy option you’d imagine.
Rather the reverse, in point of fact.
Very definitely the reverse.
Now, I could go on for hours, about Clubbed, I really could.
But I’m not.
Partly because it’s late.
But mostly because little indy Brit-flicks come along very rarely, these days. That alone wouldn’t necessarily make it worth mentioning.
The fact that Clubbed is an emotionally absorbing little film, with sympathetic characters and a engrossing plot … ?
THAT makes it worth watching … !!
* Who, along with Tom Baker and Avery Brooks, of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fame, has one of the most beautiful male speaking voices I’ve heard.