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Anthony (2020)

In July 2005, black teenager Anthony Walker was murdered by two white men in an unprovoked racist attack in a Liverpool park. He was just 18 years old. This film tells the story of how this talented young man's life might have turned out.

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Terry McDonough

Writer:

Jimmy McGovern
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Toheeb Jimoh ... Anthony Walker
Julia Brown ... Katherine Walker
Bobby Schofield ... Mick Woodfield
Stephanie Hyam ... Helen Woodfield
Wesley Bozonga Wesley Bozonga ... Daniel Walker
Dominique Moore ... Steph Walker
Shaniqua Okwok ... Dominique Walker
Rakie Ayola ... Gee Walker
Nick Harris ... Peter McGregor
Leo Wringer Leo Wringer ... Steve Walker
Lorna Gayle Lorna Gayle ... Pam
Ade Ajibade Ade Ajibade ... Angela Walker
Robinah Kironde ... Donna Walker
Phina Oruche ... Aunty Ven
Jay Lycurgo ... Marcus
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In July 2005, black teenager Anthony Walker was murdered by two white men in an unprovoked racist attack in a Liverpool park. He was just 18 years old. This film tells the story of how this talented young man's life might have turned out.

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An Average but important movie
3 August 2020 | by alindsay-alSee all my reviews

So this TV film hit the BBC last week and I have now watched Anthony and here is my review for the film. This premise of the film looks at how the life of a young black man could have been if he wasn't murdered at the age of 18. Now before I review this film, I have to say that I will be judging this as a film, obviously the real life incident was terrible but this review will be looking at how good the film is and that alone.

Main Character Toheeb Jimoh plays Anthony here and I thought in terms of his acting he was really good here. He comes across as a likeable normal guy and does a good job in making him as likeable as possible which is credit to him. But I thought that due to the way the film is made I never really felt connected to the character of Anthony, the film is very choppily made and it does a poor job establishing what Anthony was really like. I mean I still cared about his situation of course but not as much as I was meant to and that is the film's fault not Toheeb Jimoh's fault.

Supporting Characters Bobby Schofield plays Mick a character with a speech impediment and I thought he did a good job. I liked his and Anthony's dynamic and when he is on screen he may be the most interesting part of this film, especially in the first act. All of Anthony's relationships and friendships are well acted especially his mother it's just again we don't see enough of them and the lack of screen time really does hurt in the emotional impact and could have been done much better.

Story The story here is a mixed bag, the second half of the story does a great job of showing the intensity and tragedy of the situation. It is hard to watch at times but that is important and necessary for this film to succeed quite a bit and it adds a gut punch to the tragic ending of the story. But I can't lie the first 40 minutes of the film wasn't interesting really and that is almost half of the film, it came across as a bit of a puff piece and is dull and unimaginative as it is the part of the film not based on true events. I just think this film would have been better looking at Anthony's life before he was killed not some made up stuff of what could have happened afterwards.

Script The script is okay, there are a nice bit of drama and humour there but for a really heavy subject matter there wasn't as many heavy moments as I thought there could have been. This film could have been even better if they added more weight to it.

Style As mentioned above when the film focuses on its uncomfortable moments it does a great job and hits home just how ridiculous and disgusting these acts of violence were and still are in every day society. But the first half of the film is just really slow and boring and it took me out of the film and took me a long time for me to get into it and really get invested.

Overall Overall, this is an average but maybe important film. In this day and age it is crazy that we even have these issues but it is important that these terrible injustices are shown which means it might be worth a watch for people who need to see these things happen in film. But I would advise that there are some better films based on racism then this one such as Fruitvale Station which is a film I would recommend to watch over this one.


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27 July 2020 (UK) See more »

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