‘The Riot Club’ – Film Thoughts/Review

UK Release: Friday 19th September 2014

Based on Laura Wade’s play ‘Posh’, which was controversial at the time, as it was thought to be a portrayal of the Oxford University Bullingdon Club, which once had David Cameron and Boris Johnson as members, has been adapted into a film with Lone Scherfig’s ‘THE RIOT CLUB’. With a strong young British cast including Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger, Jessica Brown Findley and briefly Natalie Dormer.
With this film you can tell its based on a play. The main set piece takes place in a pub, which some might have a issue with, as a big chunk of it plays out here. However Scherfig does his best to break up the constant use of the location and makes it more interesting for dynamic for audiences. There is a good shock moment though when it arrives to this part of the film. A strange inevitability, which you can’t stop with this said moment, which will certainly rally the blood. The only issue is thought I found it too much when it resorted to violence, as it just makes it feel too familiar. I also think that the metaphor of class, and people with more money getting away with everything (ether politicians or bankers), is more interesting then the incidents which occur in this film. Some might not like how it’s based on a true story as well. However you do feel in its play form – ‘Posh’ feels more inline then the more marketable ‘Riot Club’. Also there is some fine performances from Sam Claflin and Holliday Grainger.

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