Attack the Block is causing us major confusion, there’s just no way of telling whether it will be any good. In the beginning all we knew was that Joe Cornish was making a film. Cornish alone was enough to bring excitement, whatever he produced must be amazing, right?
Then plot details were revealed and the idea of kids from a council estate fighting aliens didn’t instantly appeal, these are two scary things leaving me unsure who to root for. Next came SXSW and rave reviews across the board praising Cornish, Attack the Block and its young cast. Relief at last that the film would be good.
Now we have two new clips from the film, which you should have a watch of before we discuss:
So, what do we think? My gut reaction is that the film will look stunning. The final shot in the first clip is a great visual and something Mr Cornish should be very proud of. But… my initial fears creep back in as I find all the “street” language a bit jarring and hard to engage with. Considering that they start the film by mugging someone, the film is going to work hard to make me relate.
SXSW sure related to it though, right? It’s all going to be OK. We won’t know until we see it, in cinemas May 11th.