Monday, March 21, 2011

"Attack The Block"

Trailer for THE big hit of SXSW - a group of teen-and-younger UK street toughs (and Nick Frost) defending their block (read: housing project) from alien invaders:



Stateside, the film's hype has been almost overshadowed by rumors that distributors are considering dubbing or subtitling it because of the thick English accents. Yes, this again.

Y'ever notice how this ONLY ever comes up with contemporary and/or urban-set British films? I think that's the real issue... whether people realize it or not: It's not so much that most Americans don't "understand" the accents, it's that they don't think of the UK as having an existence outside of cottage country or posh period-dramas. When Joe n' Jane Sixpack hear English accents coming out of these kids - who look just like "our" street kids - or the contemporary gangsters in Guy Ritchie movies, it doesn't "add up" to them: "Wait wait... they've got GHETTOS in England? Holy shit... they've got BLACK PEOPLE, too!!?? When did that happen!!!??"

(UK readers, seriously - "Harry Brown" was THE scariest movie that American middlebrow yuppie-scum saw last year, because they always only thought of your country as a wholly-pleasant, genteel place they might "escape" to if things just get too sketchy here.)

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Ezenwa said...

Why subtitles? I can understand them perfectly well. Then again, I'm weird like that. Either way, looks interesting. Nira Park also produced Scott Pilgrim. But, we don't want to mention that....sadly....

Reverend Allan Ironside said...

Okay, that looked awesome. God I love the Brits

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It does seem pretty stupid to subtitle the film but really, I don't think it'll matter. This looks a pretty horrendous film as is.

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I think that whole subtitle thing is pretty stupid but it looks pretty good regardless. I suppose there are people who will have trouble understanding what they're saying but if that's the case, why didn't they do that for Jeff Bridges in True Grit?


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rob said...

Wow, at the rate the brittish are putting out movies these days, Cardiff (capitol of Wales and where a lot of filming for among others Doctor Who and many movies is done) should be known as Jollywood.

Matt said...

Maybe it's just because I hear a lot of British accents daily, but it's really hard to see how another English speaker can't understand any of their accents.

I mean, Indian accented English I can see, South African, just barely, hell, maybe even Newfies, but come on, an accent FROM the birthplace of the English language?

I doubt they'll put in subtitles, might scare off those dimwits who cry everytime they have to read.

rob said...

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Several of my friends walked out on Inglourious Basterds because they had to read subs.

Matt said...

@Rob

That's just sad.

Is there this vast silent majority of people who can't read more than one word a second or is just me?

Jonnyp555 said...

Just count yourselves lucky it's not set in Newcastle. Seriously, youtube Ant and Dec or something. I'm half jordie and even I have a hard time tuning in

vamast said...

cool XD

not america XD

gareth said...

I hope the chavs died in this movie