DVD Review: Anuvahood [M15]

Dir: Adam Deacon, Daniel Toland
Starring: Adam Deacon, Femi Oyeniran, Ollie Barbieri, Jaime Winstone

The Film:
Anuvahood is an odd film, and it really isn’t something easy to write a review about. On the one hand it is a really silly and just all over the place kind of film but on the other hand it has its moments of humour and it works as a strange spoof. It reminded me of The Ali G Movie the most, whether or not that was any kind of influence I don’t know. Co-director and star Adam Deacon has made a name for himself in films such as Kidulthood, Adulthood, Shank and This is a huge departure from those, whereas they had a serious tone and this aims to make people laugh and obviously not to be taken seriously.

The plot (if there even is one?) is paper-thin, we have Kenneth aka Kay who is a wannabe bad boy, he wants to become an actual gangster. Is this his coming of age? Is he really worthless and hopeless, can he over come adversity to achieve his dreams? Yes, this is the film, and even then I am not sure I have really described it.

It is all over the place, the start of the film especially is quite confusing. It took me a while to settle in and understand what was going on. I also had trouble understanding what was being said, it’s mostly because I am not used to that type of lingo and I’ve always had a few issues with it. The way the film kept bouncing around and was poorly structured really kept it down, it was often confusing and hard to understand. Which is a shame because there was a lot of potential there, and some scenes worked really well and were quite funny. It is disappointing when elements can’t quite come together properly.

Acting wise, the cast was so-so, no one really stood out and no one was overly awful. They were all just there, and did what they could to make it work. Adam Deacon honestly was fine, and I didn’t have any issues with him. It was obvious this film meant a lot to him and I could see his hard work, which is why I want to mention him. The man is funny, and he has some great ideas, they just weren’t fully realised here. It is a fair effort and I applaud him for taking a chance with something so off beat and trying to make it work.

This film wont be for everyone, some will get it and others wont. As I mentioned it reminded me of The Ali G Movie and that worked a lot better despite how insane that was, it at least had a clear plot and it flowed really well. Yes Anuvahood is hit and miss, I don’t think it was quite the disaster some critics have said, and there was some effort involved and it was entertaining in parts.

The Australian DVD:
The DVD I reviewed was a screener, so I am unable to comment on Picture/Audio quality.


DVD details here.

Thanks to Bill care of Curious Films for the copy.

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