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Thursday, 27 March 2014
"Anuvahood" On BLU RAY – A Review Of The 2011 Adam Deacon Film
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If you’re not British - or at least versed in some kind of
London street talk – you’re probably going to need a translator standing beside
you to navigate through Adam Deacon’s fantastic"Anuvahood".
But your educated guy may be laughing so hard –
you’ll probably need to ask that poor Eton sucker to sit down before he does
himself an injury. "Anuvahood" is funny – I mean balls-to-the-wall
and laugh-out-loud FUNNY – and it takes no prisoners when it’s being harsh or
hard. The laughs aren’t forced either - but born out of real stuff and real
people and life as it is.
Wannabe London rapper Kenneth (Adam Deacon) who
insists on being called "K" has written his mix CD "Feel The
Pain" and stuck it in the local Record Shop (who aren’t interested) while
he tries in vain to hold down a menial job in the local "Laimsbury's"
(pun intended on Sainsbury's) despite the slagging of the motor-mouth Manager. But most of the
time "K" is hanging out with his reluctant crew of Black, Asian and
Chinese punks on the benches of his estate (Omar, Bookie and a new Spanish
recruit Enrique) – talking the talk at one hundred miles an hour.
"K" endlessly brags about becoming "big
things" in the Music World and being the 'main man' on the Estate -
talking back to himself in the bedroom-mirror of his council-flat like he's The
Asian Tony Soprano. Downstairs his drippy Dad (makes Spitfire Models and gets excited by Spaghetti Hoops) and his less-than-enamoured mouthy Mum are hours away from
having their all their possessions taken away unless "K" comes up
with promised money (great work by Linda Robson and Richard Blackwood). Even
his kid brother and sister of 6 and 7 think "K" is "a waste of
space" and a "Dickhead". Meanwhile out in the courtyard of the
housing blocks the local muscle-bound bully Tyrone ("On The Throne")
acts like a Lenny Henry/Mike Tyson combo on Speed – giggling and delighting in
humiliating and robbing the kids of their mobiles, money, translation books and
anything else that matters (a stunning turn by Richie Campbell - the face to the left of the BLU RAY box - Deacon to the right).
The dialogue is so rapid and so funny that it’s hard at
times to keep up – and the set pieces where they hopelessly try to chat up
hotties or sell Skank to the local nutjobs will have you screaming with
laughter – our boys all reversed baseball caps, brand sneakers, bling chains
and Nike stripes shaved into their hair. They gyrate and bob and weave and
everyone is "for real blood", "are you feeling me fam",
"fix me up bro" and "she is the ping!" There are of course
plenty of other phrases and words that aren’t quite an evening out with The
Oxford/Cambridge University Debating Society. And this is a world where the
women are stronger and smarter than the men – and hookers get punched out by
vexed girlfriends who find them on the job with their 'man' doing naughty
things with Baby Oil and HP Sauce.
Written by ADAM DEACON and MICHEAL WU –
"Anuvahood" comes at you like a hurricane - always with close-ups on
sweaty faces with bulging veins and mad haircuts and clipped eyebrows and gold
earrings – all trying to look like their James Cagney in Islington. And the
dialogue is literally amazing. There must have a huge amount of improvisation
to get it this fresh – and it’s why the film feels so earthed in reality.
The BLU RAY picture is defaulted to Full Screen and looks
amazing. Rap tunes by Tinie Tempah, Boy Better Know, Wiley and Dizzee Rascal
punctuate the film and there’s great “Making Of” Extras including West End
Premier footage, the "Hype Hype Thing" video by Boy Better Know and
Deleted Scenes. The lone subtitle is English For The Hard Of Hearing (can you
imagine translating this into other languages).
Directed by ADAM DEACON and DANIEL TOLAND - this funky little British movie seemed to come out of
nowhere in 2011 – fresh, loud and as snotty as a thieving hoodie in the men’s
grooming department of Tescos.
Get this brilliant London "Boyz N The Hood" parody
into your life as soon as possible and "smash it up my guy". You know
I'm talking 'bout you bro…