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Anuvahood [Revolver Entertainment]
User Rating: / 11
Written by Calvin Hussey   
Monday, 11 July 2011
Anuvahood [Revolver Entertainment]With urban youth culture proving to be an increasingly popular theme of exploration throughout the narrative of todayís British film and entertainment media, itís inevitable that a tongue-in-cheek, more comedic approach would eventually seem a worthwhile endeavour for potential film distributors. Televisionís already seen recent farcical attempts with such shows as, the moderately successful, Phone Shop on Channel 4, and BBCís utterly deplorable Lee Nelsonís Well Good Show.

I guess a logical silver screen progression would be to follow the route of the parody film. What, with such a long list of titles to draw inspirations from, like Kidulthood or, err, Adulthood, or... Shan...† no, never mind.

So, you may be asking, whoís taken on the task of envisioning such a project? Itís Adam Deacon, the guy from Kidulthood, and Adulthood, and err, Shank. The creatively named Anuvahood, is Deaconís first outing as writer, director, and leading star of a major motion picture, which is by far the biggest venture of his career so far. The plot centres on Kenneth (Deacon), a useless emcee and general failure, who quits his menial day job, and embarks on a weed dealing adventure. During his ill-managed and unsubtle attempts to shift product, he manages to bumps heads with local criminal Tyrone (Richie Campbell), who initially robs him and... shit, this is all starting to sound a lot like Friday!

As the narrative develops, the similarities between Anuvahood and the Ice Cube comedy classic continue, travelling beyond mere homage, and bordering on the edge of being a straight rip-off. Elsewhere, other scenarios play out as comedic retellings of scenes from the Noel Clarke series (infiltrating enemy territory to reclaim stolen possessions stands out most), but again it all feels less parodied, and more often pirated. These comparisons donít exactly go away, considering Deacon is joined by his fellow Kidulthood cast members Femi Oyeniran as a co-star, not to mention a brief and pointless cameo from Jaime Winstone. Other bit parts go to Richard Blackwood, the golem-faced Linda Robson, Grime emcees Lethal Bizzle and Giggs, plus many more not worth mentioning.

The main problem with the film is the comedy element. At times it seems unsure if itís a spoof, a farce, or a low-brow satire. Itís filled with one liners, and although one or two prove good for a brief snigger, itís all themed around stereotypes, culture-clash, and the fact no-one is as tough as they think they are, which becomes repetitive early on in the narrative. The finished product is as if Friday and Kidulhood knocked boots, and the baby came out all Ali G Inda House (another film Deacon has appeared in). The performance and delivery of each character is largely pulled off well, if a little pantomime at times, and to be fair cinematically itís a technically sound production, but overall Anuvahood is still a turd dipped in glitter, at best.

By: Calvin Hussey

Release Date: 4th July 2011
Format: DVD / Bluray
Rating: 15

Anuvahood [Revolver Entertainment]

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