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The Wee Man Is Nay Good, According To Critics


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Scottish cinema does 'grit' very well, from Trainspotting to Sweet Sixteen and Red Road, the order of the day tends to be sex, drugs and violence. The latest movie from Ray Burdis (The Krays) is called The Wee Man, and once again fulfills the expectations of the generic 'Scottish gritty movie', but doesn't do so with quite the finesse or quality that an audience may want. Initial reviews are in, and it's not looking good.

The plot follows Paul Ferris growing up in Glasgow, by the age of 11 he's learnt that "life on the street is tough," and, having been tormented all his life, by the time he reaches his late teens he's had enough, so "he decides to take on his tormentors alone and systematically wreak vengeance on them."

The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw has given it a distinctly underwhelming 2/5 stars. While he praises the good cast, he likens it to countless other 'real life' crime stories from "the self-pitying and self-serving books by ex-criminals who explain how their crime career began". Despite the good cast, he says "as a whole, it's forgettable."

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Martin Compston; Stephen McCole; Laura McMonagle; Ray Burdis; Paul Ferris Cast members attend a photocall for new film 'The Wee Man' in Glasgow. The film depicts the life of notorious Glasgow gangland hardman Paul Ferris and tells the story of his life working for some of Glasgow's most infamous criminal families and his struggle to go straight. Featuring: Martin Compston, Stephen McCole, Laura McMonagle, Ray Burdis, Paul Ferris Where: Glasgow, Scotland When: 15 Jan 2013

Martin Compston, Stephen Mccole, Laura Mcmonagle, Ray Burdis and Paul Ferris
Paul Ferris and Martin Compston
Martin Compston, Stephen Mccole, Laura Mcmonagle, Ray Burdis and Paul Ferris
Martin Compston, Stephen Mccole, Laura Mcmonagle, Ray Burdis and Paul Ferris
Martin Compston and Paul Ferris
Paul Ferris and Martin Compston

Martin Compston; Stephen McCole; Laura McMonagle; Ray Burdis; Paul Ferris Cast attend a photocall The New Film "The Wee Man" in Glasgow. The Film depicts the life of notorious Glasgow gangland hardman Paul Ferris. The Film tells the story of his life working for some of Glasgow's most infamous criminal families and his struggle to go straight Featuring: Martin Compston, Stephen McCole, Laura McMonagle, Ray Burdis, Paul Ferris Where: Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland When: 16 Jan 2012

Martin Compston, Stephen Mccole, Laura Mcmonagle, Ray Burdis and Paul Ferris
Paul Ferris and Martin Compston
Paul Ferris and Martin Compston
Martin Compston, Stephen Mccole, Laura Mcmonagle, Ray Burdis and Paul Ferris
Paul Ferris and Martin Compston
Martin Compston, Stephen Mccole, Laura Mcmonagle, Ray Burdis and Paul Ferris

The Krays Review


OK
The Brits love their gangster movies, especially when they're about, er, Brits. Here we have a tale of twin brothers in the 1930s who, thanks to early traumas, ended up turning from upstanding youths into die-hard racketeers. This is their story (from childhood to incarceration), dutifully (and rather artlessly) chronicled on film. Not much to see here, move along.

Love, Honour And Obey Review


OK
A gangster movie with a sarcastic slant, Love, Honour and Obey seeks to entertain without mental stimulation. It's not The Godfather or The Sopranos, but instead a loose string of scenes brought together in bits and spurts to tell a simple story.

Ray (Ray Winstone, Nil By Mouth and The War Zone) is the boss of the south London mob. Jude (Jude Law, The Talented Mr. Ripley and eXistenZ) is his obedient nephew, and Jonny (Jonny Lee Miller, Afterglow and Trainspotting) is Jude's buddy who wants a piece of the action. Once Jude gets Jonny invited to take part in the proceedings, he gets a little big for his britches, causing trouble with the north London blokes.

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Final Cut (1998) Review


Weak
Premise: All actors play characters named after (and loosely based on) themselves.

Jude (Jude Law) is dead. His final words have been left via videotape, which is rolled at his funeral. What's on the tape? Why, Jude has somehow recorded his friends in the worst of situations: peeing, stealing things from each other, banging hookers, cross-dressing, and worse. The funeral guests then stammer and backpedal and make excuses for their actions.

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