Saturday 11 September 2010

The Kid review

The Kid (15, 111 mins)
Director: Nick Moran
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

True life misery-lit is brought to the screen in this account of young Kevin, who spends his teen years being routinely beaten by his hideous mother (Natascha McElhone) and placed in a series of foster homes. As an adult, played by Rupert Friend, Kevin enters a world of crime and bare knuckle fighting, but yearns to make something of himself. While reasonably compelling in a car crash sort of way, it’s just one thing after another, a wallow in misery with little balance. But there are some better times for Kevin, with encounters with the likes of Bernard Hill’s social worker and Ioan Gruffudd’s teacher offering him some hope, though he never seems able to get a break just when things are looking up. Friend is good value, twitchy and nervous but he’s let down by a truly horrible turn from McElhone, who thinks that impersonating Janet Street Porter is a performance.


  1. Hey Paul, I think with these three stars you are really spoiling The Kid. It's an absolute bilge-fest of epic proportions. You rightly called out McElhone's shockingly bad performance, but I think the even worse crime is Moran's incompetent direction. He seems to believe that you can tell a story by simply placing one montage after another and hoping for the best. This film made no narrative sense, and is manipulative, soul-less dreck of the lowest kind. One star would be too generous.

  2. I hear what you're saying and it's one of those I might have loathed on another day. But something about it made it hard to dislike (apart from McElhone obviously).