Green Street Review: ★★★
Hello and happy new year sports fans, sorry its been a long time since my last post but you know life and Christmas really do get in the way at this time of year. I hope you are all well and full of the Christmas spirt still, I have lots planned this year with more reviews, more podcasts and also lots of Instagram content.
To my delight the other day while scrolling through Netflix as most of us in the UK are doing more of now due to being back in lockdown ( thanks Boris ) I came across a film I had not seen in such a long time. That film was Green Street. When Green Street came out in the year of 2005 I myself was only a mere 11 years old, this film however was known throughout the school as the that ultra violent film that our parents didn’t want us to see. I think I saw this for the first time when I was 13, even thought this film is super violent and has a lot of bad language throughout the film there is a deeper more poetic then you realise when you watch it back now.
The film centres around the infamous West Ham Untied football firm, a British gang of sorts but that is intertwined with the world of football and most importantly football hooliganism. The film has a great cast but the standouts are a relatively unknown at this point Charlie Hunnam who we all know and love now for films such as The gentlemen, King Arthur and also the fantastic TV show Sons of Anarchy and also out of type cast role for Elijah Wood who interestingly was coming off the back of the success of the Lord of the Rings films playing the character of Frodo Baggins. The film follows Woods charcther who has been kicked out of Harvard and visits his sister in London, and then falls in with the Firm and Hunnams character and his friends. The film is directed by Lexi Alexander
As already stated the film is a look into that world of football Hooliganism in England and how the Firms work and how much is like a family among other things, the film is very strong in its violence but underneath is story of being someone, finding home and family with other people and acceptance of the world we live in. I think a missed part of the film is when it shows us what they do for a living outside of the frim from a teacher to a piolet, we wouldn’t expect these people to be in this other world of football violence. The film has some great acting some great fight scenes and also some great comedic parts, and the end is both sad and awful as well as uplifting and fitting. Some parts of the film might be hard to stomach and I think for an audience outside of the UK this might be a strange look at a culture within sport which is unfortunately there. The film however I do not think it over glorifies the sense of this world, for example I would not like to be apart of this world, almost like a clan would go raid another village, however I do think there is a place for this film to shine alight of this part of the football world from a different aspect.
The only real negatives of the film I would say is that the story itself only really picks up pace around the hour mark, the pacing for the first hour I found quiet slow. I think for the time however a film that is shot 15 years ago it still holds up but there are a few cringe moments where we are explained what cockney rhyming slangs is, which felt like it was pushed in for an American market.
WOULD I RECOMENED:
Yes I really would whilst its on Netflix give this film a chance one of the best examples of not judging a book by its cover.