I remember going to see Somer's Town when it got a limited release at my local Cineworld in Dublin. I liked it especially the ending but it's nowhere near my favourite work of Shane's films.
Thomas Turgoose is brilliant as is Piotr Jagiello (seems to be his only acting role), great chemistry between them. It's the reason the film works for me. Plus why the ending is my favourite to any Shane film. Elisa Lasowski is beautiful and you can see why the guys fell for her. As I said not Shane's best work but its got a nice heart to it like a lot of Shane's work and Turgoose gives his second best performance to date in this.
But this film seems to slip through the cracks when everyone is speaking about Shane's work, Le Donk always gets bought up cause it's Shane and Paddy together again plus it's got Arctic Monkeys in it, I think it's nowhere near as good as Somer's Town. Smalltime could be thrown in the hat cause it's only really talked about by die hard fan's even 24/7 is barely touched on too even though it got rave reviews and won awards, even though it's follow up A Room for Romeo Brass didn't do as well as 24/7 at the time, it's the more respected and loved film now.
So do you think Somer's Town is Shane's least known Work?
Post by thegooddoctor on Apr 17, 2014 13:10:23 GMT
I think a lot of people felt it was a huge anti-climax after 'This is England'. A few people I know also felt ripped off by the running time (which is maybe understandable if you're paying London cinema prices - which they were), and at first glance it might well seem quite slight and whimsical.
For me, though, it's his best film alongside "DMS". It's the perfect condensation of all his movies, minus the violence (which, again, I think people expected and didn't get).
As for "least known"....I dunno. Because it was the film after "TiE" and starred Tommy Turgoose it got a lot of media attention (even if only a limited cinema release) and it's been on terrestrial TV quite a few times now. I suspect DVD sales were pretty healthy too. My guess is that its reputation - and popularity - will grow over time. In fact, I'd imagine that many younger folk who only got into Shane after TiE & the TV series are probably more aware of 'Somers Town' than, say, '24/7' or 'Small Time'.