Directed by Shane Meadows
Starring: Olivia Colman, Paddy Considine, Richard Graham, Seamus O'Neill, Dean Palo
Review by Russell Wray
Rock roadie, Le Donk, has lived, loved and learned. Along the way, he's lost a classy girlfriend but gained a sidekick, Scor-zay-zee. He sets out to make Scorz a star with a little help from the Arctic Monkeys.
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The clean cut stereotypical hero has been ignored by cinema goers in recent years. Audiences would rather see Batman rather than Superman. With films such as the wrestler receiving great acclaim this year, the story of a loveable broken down man which forgets his daughter’s birthday and beats up other men in the ring, it is apparent that arseholes are far more interesting to people than good guys at the moment. Le Donk is the perfect example of an arsehole.
Le Donk is the manager for his “friend” Scor-zay-zee, an aspiring rapper with talent. Le Donk has no talent and attempts to shine the spot light on to him. When Scor-zay-zee gets a small set before the Arctic Monkeys, it seems Le Donk is attempting to sabotage this because he is not getting any focus.
Shane Meadow’s does not seem to acknowledge any of the critical acclaim he has received in the past few years. His passion for great story telling of the common man is still evident. The documentary format which Meadows uses to tell the story enhances the feel of realism for the film. Having Meadows play himself as a film making in the film drives the narrative as well as being a clever tool for quick film making.
When speaking of the character Le Donk it is extremely difficult to stay impartial. Paddy Considine has crafted an extremely self obsessed and stupid individual that can easily be manipulated. Considine offers a brave performance here. He makes no attempt to make the character more pleasant and relatable for the audience and the film is rare because of that. Dean Palo does a fantastic job as Scor-zay-zee, the straight man in this buddy comedy. Without Scor-zay-zee’s naivety and high tolerance the character of Le Donk would not be as interesting.
Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee is bold film making. Once again Meadows endeavours to bring real people to the screen and does this brilliantly. The film does not stick in the mind of the audience but it will move them which is something difficult to find in most modern films. Even though it is possible to see the mechanics behind the film on screen it still makes a great watch and a big step in guerrilla film making.