SoulBoy – Review

For the love of Felicity Jones I hunted down a screening of SoulBoy and was thoroughly whelmed, not under or over.

In SoulBoy Martin Compston discovers the Northern Soul scene after essentially stalking some one, and in the process causes a lot of trouble and falls in love… with no real motivation. There is lots of good music and impressive dancing, and the inclusion of a dance off in the climax is certainly welcome if a little ridiculous.

Alfie Allen doesn’t really have a lot to do as Compston’s best friend and Jones herself is little more that a plot device than a character in her own right. The film is fun and has heart but ultimately is a bit too empty to be really satisfying.

A small part for Bruce Jones from Coronation Street was amusing, though he didn’t have anything to do either, and a subplot involving Compston’s boss was sweet if there just to give Compston a moment of realisation.

One last niggling issue was that the camera constantly felt a little too close to the action making the film feel a bit more Heartbeat than Cemetery Junction. Either the direction was a little lacking or my perception was warped thanks to being up against the wall yet only four rows back from the screen in what must be one of the smallest screens in London:

So should you see SoulBoy? Probably not unless you love Northern Soul, Felicity Jones or independent British cinema.

Out Now – 3rd September 2010

Argh, lots of films out today. Now the blockbusters are over there’s no real competition so they’re throwing them out there.

22 Bullets
A French film about a man who is shot with 22 bullets and then goes on what is described as a “revenge spree”. Guns!

Bonded by Blood
A gritty British film about crime and criminals in the South. It has swearing in the tagline, it must be good.

Certified Copy
Another French film but this time a romantic comedy about an English writer in France. Binoche!

Dinner for Schmucks
What I have now decided is a good cast in a terrible film. It’s going to be hard not seeing this and knwoing that Jemaine Clement is in it. Schmuck!

Jonah Hex
I thought this would be released with a bit more fanfare but I haven’t seen a single poster yet. Josh Brolin played a bounty hunter out to stop a terrorist trying to unleash hell on earth. Malkovich!

The Last Exorcism
An exorcism happens. Before that some pretty grim violence happens too. Baby in a fire!

No Impact Man
A documentary following a family in New York who try and live for a year while making no net environmental impact. Good luck!

Why Did I Get Married Too?
A sequel to a film I haven’t seen which is getting terrible reviews. Pass!

Cherry Tree Lane (limited release)
A violent British film about a couple being terrorised by a gang trying to kill their son. Only out in one cinema so you’ll have to really try if you want to see it. Youth.

SoulBoy (limited release)
Set against the 70’s Northern Soul music scene we have a coming of age drama featuring a love triangle and Mild Concern’s favourite Felicity Jones. The similarities to Cemetery Junction are a bit too easy. Hell if Felicity Jones is in it, I can’t resist. Felicity!

Splintered (limited release)
Something about a human animal thing in a house. I think people go in that house and don’t come out again. Use a tweezer!