Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Adulthood (2008) - Noel Clarke
Before you read this a warning, there is spoilers to the first film Kidulthood in this review, so if you havent seen the first film, please do not read on.
Adulthood is set six years after its predecessor kidulthood in which we saw the menacing Sam Peel kill the ever-popular face that was Trife. Now Sam is on the outside, his intentions are to start a new life and get on the straight and narrow after facing six abuse filled years that pushed him to the bring of suicide in prison were he learnt being a 'big man' wasnt all it was cracked up to be. By now each induvidual has moved on in their lives since kidulthood getting on with their own thing, except for Jay. Since the death of his best friend Jays life has spiralled out of control and he finds himself becoming a violent drug dealer with nothing but revenge on the mind, and once he finds out that Sam is out of prison he's out to get him.
Meanwhile, Sam has struck up an unlikely friendship with Lexi a friendless drug addict with a shady past (Played by ex-eastenders cast member Scarlett Alice Johnson) who also happens to be the cousin of Kidulthoods Becky (How has now fled for unknown reasons). Lexi vows to help Sam make peace with the people he hurt. The other main character from kidulthood that features heavily in the life is Mooney, a beacon of hope for society, the young man has left his violent and drama ridden past to study law at univeristy, but will he be dragged into the fray for jays revenge against Sam?
Adulthood is a fascinating watch if you've seen Kidulthood, purely for the sake that our former Villian Sam plays the Anti-Hero and vice versa with Jay (Loosely). Clarkes hard work and effort with the script shows as we are fighting the whole way through the film in Sams corner, his determination to show that his past is his past and he regrets his actions. The film has a great pace too it and there was only a couple of moments throughout the whole film where i felt let down.
Personally i prefered Kidulthood to this film as good as adulthood was, i felt at times i was being forced through certain scenes and felt that some characters were negelected, or just added for the sake of it for example, the young boys paid to carry out a hit, and the drug lord (or whatever you want to call him) i would of prefered a bit of a back story for these rather than just throwing them right in there at the start. Although saying all this it was still a great film and it fit perfectly into the ever growing genre that is Great British grit.
Overall Grade: C+