What Richard Did
A film about Irish violence they said. From the start you are waiting for this to kick in. Where is the violence?
A love story, a stand up guy after the girl he likes but there seems to be another guy in the way. You will side with Richard from the start that the girl is the one and that you do not like the guy that seems to be “there” but not the girl’s boyfriend. Richard is portrayed to be a great guy, supportive of his friends, helpful, a real gentleman and very happy with life.
Lara is the girl’s name. Finally Richard works up the courage to invite her to his beach house. It’s beautifully painted from that point on that he loves her and she seems to feel the same way.
There’s a clash in to the boy he does not like in the park. Lara holds the boys hands whilst he cries? Richard is asked to leave them alone for a minute. You can feel the tension as Richard builds up a lot of angst. This is the start of the rift. Lara becomes detatched. You feel so intertwined with Richard’s feelings.
Fast forward to the house part. Richard goes to get beer, comes back to the party and isn’t allowed in. Lara is there with the boy. They walk off together. She finally comes out with him.
Here comes the violence.
Your bias with Richard from the start affects your own judgement on the bad things that follow. You want things to get better for him. You want things to work out.
When a glimmer of hope appears at the end with a decision, you are soothed by the choice he makes. However another scene appears, and your soothed mind is now taken away by the sudden ending of the film, with no answers given to the hundreds of questions that suddenly form from that scene. I was angry at first at the sudden ending but I couldn’t have done it better myself and I was very pleased in the way that it ended.
I loved this film. Go and see it!