Saturday, 1 April 2017

Filth (2013) - Film Review


Filth is a stunning character study of one of the most tragic, despicable and disgusting anti-heroes in film history. From the hazy direction that makes the film look like a hangover in itself to James McAvoy's powerhouse performance.

You know a performance is good when you still care about such a horrible character after all the awful, disturbing and disgusting things he does. I'm not joking when I say McAvoy's performance is one of the best of all-time. The fact that this performance wasn't nominated for an Oscar shows just how out of touch and what a joke the Oscars are. McAvoy gives the performance of his life here and it's more or less forgotten.

The best way to describe Filth is a Scottish version of The Wolf of Wall Street, but far more interesting and tragic, and in all honesty, better. It's fast-paced and wonderfully depraved in the best way possible. The dark comedy is often hilarious, even if it as at the expense of horrible people doing terrible things.

James McAvoy giving the performance of his life
The music choices here are all fantastic, even a cover of Creep by Radio Head that closes the film in one of the biggest gut-punches of an ending I've seen in such a long time. Clint Mansell's score is also fantastic, it perfectly lends itself to the depraved insanity happening on screen.

While the background characters are arguably underdeveloped, I didn't have a problem with this. It was all about McAvoy's Bruce Robertson at the heart of it all. His strange, unique and hazy story is unlike anything I've ever seen before. The murder mystery story at the centre of the film is borderline incompherensibe, but above all, this was a character study of a deeply troubled and pathetic man.

Filth is an incredible piece of indie-drama that is disgustingly unknown and deserves far more recognition that it has got. This is honestly the only film where you'll laugh and feel oddly sorry for a drug-addicted, racist and paedophile police officer.

10/10 Dans

Filth is out now on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. It is also streaming on Netflix.
Watch the trailer below:

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