Head to Head – Fish Tank

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight!

This week, blogger extraordinaire Jess Lomas caused a bit of barney rubble (trouble) with her dis against Andrea Arnold‘s gritty drama Fish Tank. For her troubles, she received a free pass to see Toy Story 3. You can send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix too!

Jess Lomas will argue AGAINST the film while Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo will argue FOR it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Jess Lomas – 2.5/5

I’d still be asleep because of this grim film if it wasn’t for the shock after seeing you gave it 4 undeserved stars, really – 4 stars?! Okay so I’m exaggerating, Fish Tank isn’t the worst film you’re likely to see, but I don’t think it’s amazing. Fifteen-year-old Mia is your typical Essex oxygen thief who wants to be a dancer. She’s not a likeable or easy to sympathise with character, in fact she flat out annoyed me and it’s not just because she drinks, smokes and talks trash innit. Yes I believe this film to be a realistic portrayal of the British lower class but my question is, regardless of the quality of filmmaking (insert standard technical filmmaking jargon here) the story wasn’t fresh, took all the obvious routes (especially in the relationship between Mia and her mother’s new boyfriend) and left me with a hopeless feeling about the bleak world represented here. Perhaps you would argue this as the film’s success; how easily the audience feels for Mia’s situation as she is stuck in a seemingly endless generational loop of life in public housing; but if director Andrea Arnold really wanted to blow me away with Mia’s story she might try breaking the mould that many a similar tale have followed before. In my opinion, don’t rush to see this one.

Simon Miraudo4/5

Jess, why do you hate women? How dare you decry one of the more interesting female-fronted films of the past 12 months? Next you’ll be telling me how you thought Precious deserved everything she got, and that Jenny from An Education was a priggish bore! I’m exaggerating of course. But in this post-Sex and the City 2/The Ugly Truth/It’s Complicated/Nine/Twilight/My Sister’s Keeper age (or should that be hellscape), I can’t help but appreciate films with interesting female lead characters. Saying that, male characters are rarely better. I’m just glad that Fish Tank features interesting humans. In that way, I would say that Arnold’s characters – especially the gruff Mia – are most certainly fresh. Sure, you know where the story is going, but it’s the awful inevitability of it that makes it so compelling.

Now it’s over to you! What are your thoughts on Fish Tank? Let us know in the comments section below. If you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

One Response to “Head to Head – Fish Tank”

  1. I agree with you Simon, this was an engaging film at least and tons better than the hollywood portrayal of the female species.

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