Cert: 12A Runtime: 90 mins Director: Jonny Owen Cast: Chris Coleman, Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Ashley Williams, Joe Ledley, Wayne Hennessey, Hal Robson-Kanu, Neil Taylor and Jonny Williams
Don’t cross the fucking ball!
The summer of 2016 was a memorable one for any Welshman or woman. 58 years of waiting had culminated to a summer of hope and belief within the zombie nation. Football was on the fore front again and the names of Gatland and Warburton became second rate. Don’t Take Me Home is the cinematic documentary by Jonny Owen re-living those unforgettable 5 weeks in the Euros for Wales. Anyone probably reading this review will know what Wales achieved last summer, if you don’t well you were probably living under a rock. Don’t Take Me Home is a great reminder of Wales’s achievement in the Euros .
Bar my niece being born during this time, Wales in the Euros was the other highlight of last summer. It wasn’t a very insightful documentary. I expected a bit more detail and more flesh to the documentary. We have had a few documentaries on the subject all ready on television, Don’t Take Me Home has been the stand out so far. I wished that we had more of the story of the squad developing over the years too. Really it was the foundation of what happened this summer. It was fun to reminisce about the tournament. In time it will be great to watch it again in a few years. Some behind the scenes clips were great to see, but it lacked depth. A great re-cap of that monumental summer.
Cert: 15 Runtime: 84 mins Director: Craig Roberts Cast: Craig Roberts, Emile Hirsch, Sai Bennett, Nia Roberts and Aneirin Hughes
Maybe you just need to man up a bit?
Just Jim is Craig Roberts directorial début, he sprung up into cinema starring in Richard Ayoade’s Submarine. Possibly one of the best British films of the 21st century. At the tender age of 24 Craig Roberts has gone all out and starred, wrote and directed Just Jim. Roberts has even filmed it in his home town in Wales. The locations have much meaning and depth to them it’s a real passion project for him. This is how you start a career behind the lens going for the triple threat. So what is Just Jim about? A Welsh teenager will become the cool kid of the town if a deal is made with his new American neighbour. Just Jim is a great dark comedy, it’s written very well and the comedic timing is utterly tremendous. There is such a dark undertone to the film the comedy really does cut the tension out. Any mature audience can connect with Jim and the teenage angst he suffers through out the film. From being socially accepted to love interests you empathize throughout.
The way the film has been shot has a very Wes Anderson feel to it lots of parallel lines, sliding cameras and attention to detail. There were a few shots where it looks like the scene is quite squashed, not sure if it was our projection or the film. Craig Robert’s as Jim was a very evolved version of his character in Submarine but I loved it. He has such great comedic timing but his serious side does shine through a lot. His facial expressions alone captivate the scene. Emile Hirsch truly was the Tyler Durden of the piece very aggressive, very suave and cool. It’s good to see Hirsch making an impact again in a film.My main issue is that the first half of the film was stronger than it’s second half. Much more of a tone and flow to it, but then Just Jim looses it’s way. Never the less Craig Roberts should be proud of himself and I look forward to the next project. It’s great seeing a Welshman representing us in film.