Movie Review: Filth (2013)

I honestly don’t know what to say here. I can usually write something that somehow relates back to the movie. Problem is that this movie is so… itself. It doesn’t have any aspect that I can focus on for the intro, and that’s rare for a movie. Well done, you filthy fuck.

Ladies and gents… “Filth”.

Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) is a Detective Sergeant in Scotland. He’s looking to get a promotion, and he’s willing to manipulate anybody to get it. So we follow his misadventures as he tries to get this promotion while also battling with a lot of his inner demons. So now we have our plot. And I’d say that it’s quite an interesting one. Seeing the journey of this horrible man is both fascinating and entertaining as he’s not your typical protagonist, but also because it takes some really interesting turns throughout. My only complaint about the plot is that it at one point makes quite a drastic change in tone. It goes from fun and really dark comedy into a really serious and harrowing drama. Now, I actually kind of understand why the filmmakers did that, it’s just that the change in tone felt a little bit sudden and took me out of the story a bit. Overall the plot was really solid, but was brought down a bit for me with that shift in tone.

The characters in this thing are all kind of troubled and flawed, but that’s also what makes them interesting and quite entertaining. Bruce Robertson is one of the most corrupt asshole cops that I’ve ever seen on a screen. He’s foul-mouthed, a junkie, a bigot, he basically just ticks all the boxes for “total fucking asshole”. But he does also battle a lot of demons, which makes him a more compelling character. And James McAvoy is fantastic in the role, giving a fearless and incredibly layered performance. Jamie Bell plays one of his colleagues who’s pretty much the rookie of the gang, and he’s also mildly corrupt, but not as much as Robertson. And Bell is great in the role. Imogen Poots plays another one of Robertson’s colleagues, and she’s probably the least corrupt of them all. And Poots is great in the role. Eddie Marsan plays Robertson’s dorky friend who gets brought along on some of Robertson’s misadventures. And Marsan is great in the role. John Sessions plays Robertson’s superior office, and he’s great in the role. Really, it is overall a very well acted movie.

The score for the movie was composed by Clint Mansell and it’s really good. It’s dark, dramatic, funny, and just overall well composed, fitting the movie very well. There were also a whole bunch of licensed tracks throughout, and they were all very well implemented into the movie. So yeah, there’s some really good music here.

This movie was directed by Jon S. Baird and was based on a novel by Irvine Welsh (you know, the “Trainspotting” guy, which explains a lot about “Filth”). Now, I haven’t read the book, but I’d still say that Baird did a really good job bringing it to the screen. His directing is very tight and made me feel a bit uneasy from first frame. It’s a filthy world that this movie explores, and that is conveyed very well by Baird’s directing. There’s also a lot of comedy in this movie and I found it quite funny… that said, the comedy here is quite dark, which some people might not be very fond of. But it made me laugh, and that’s the important part here. I should also mention that this movie is filled with cursing, graphic sex/nudity, drug use, and even some violence. So if you’re a prude and can’t handle that stuff… consider yourself warned.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 64% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 56/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,1/10.

“Filth” certainly isn’t for everybody, but I found it to be a really solid movie. It has a really good plot, really good characters, great performances, great music, and really good directing. My flaw with it came from the aforementioned tonal shift. Time for my final score. *A-fucking-hem!*. My final score for “Filth” is an 8,98/10. So while it is flawed, I’d say that it is wroth buying.

My review of “Filth” is now completed.

McAvoy is one of the most underrated actors ever.

One thought on “Movie Review: Filth (2013)

  1. I fucking LOVE Filth ❤ Hands down my favourite role of McAvoy, too, while we are at it. This movie really is so itself. Ahhhh, now I just want to go home and watch it again. Great review!

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