With McAvoy acting as if his life depends on it, Filth is the Irvine Welsh novel adaption we’ve all been waiting for.
The world premiere of Jon S. Baird's film adaption of Irvine Welsh's hit novel FILTH took place in the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh at Vue Omni Centre on Monday 23rd September. I was lucky enough to be on hand at the event to get the chance to see the film before many movie lovers out there and I wasn't disappointed.
The film sees a bipolar, bigoted junkie cop manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.
By a mile this is the best Irvine Welsh adaptation since Trainspotting. Filth is the take on his 1998 book and is everything fans could want. Dark, depraved and deeply funny, it sees director Jon S. Baird capturing Welsh’s spirit, from its relentless pace to its soaring soundtrack all tucked in nicely to its brutal and truly gripping plot and story.
It also helps that Baird has gotten himself a cast of immense talent as well as them all having some relation to the lovely Scottish area which the movie takes place in. James McAvoy impresses the most with his incredible acting for the delivering of his corrupt and wrecked character. It's by far one of his best performances ever in the duration of his acting career and he truly brings the grittiness of the film to life. However, his companions Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent and others also bring outstanding performances which also stand out as highlights for them.
The plot of the film truly is gritty, violent and even a little bit naughty. Yet as dark as Filth gets, Baird – whose only previous credit is the 2008 football hooligan tale Cass – allows Welsh’s humour to flourish.
Overall, it is definitely a thoroughly enjoyable 1 hour and 37 minutes and the demented plot combined with the sensational acting performances, from Bell, Broadbent and especially McAvoy, makes this film tremendous and I had a blast watching it. It's definitely Scotland's biggest and filthiest movie to date.
About the Author
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.