Based on Laura Wade’s play “Posh“, adapted to the silver screen by Lone Scherfig. The Riot Club stars Max Irons, Holliday Grainger, Jessica Brown Findlay, Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth.
Premise: Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.
Review: The riot club is the first movie that I went to see this year and it did not disappoint. The movie started off like a British comedy and I immediately felt ripped off because it wasn’t the movie I expected to see. I don’t know what exactly I was expecting but I can tell you that I did not except to feel so strongly about it. It was a roller coaster ride of emotions. As much as it is unsettling, I like when a movie makes me uneasy, takes me out of my comfort zone. I might have felt like this because I only expected excess and debauchery like it was some sort of a classy American Pie movie.
A quarter to the end I was resolved to leave the theater with a bitter taste in my mouth, a feeling of injustice and I did, but at least it wasn’t as acidic as I taught it would be, it was bittersweet.
The characters are a bit stereotypical but the cast is top notch. Like I said it’s a slow build up and as time pass they get credible and intense, you’re in it living it. Of course some of them take more of the spotlight (Irons & Claflin) than the others but they were all very good. The meager female presence is striking, not only because their beauty in this sausage fest, but the up most talent they showed and how relatable they were.
The film is deep, clever, brilliant even in how the story is presented, developed and resolved. When I think back on it, it’s the best kind of negotiations where both parties leave a little disappointed. There is a side to take in this film but the story stays somewhat neutral.