Fish Tank Review

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“Fish Tank” by Andrea Arnolds

“Fish Tank” is a film directed by Andrea Arnold and starring newcomer Katie Jarvis and Michael Fassbender. It chronicles teenage angst in poverty-stricken Britain. Anytime I watch movie I always go by the rule that first 10 minutes of a film must do something to draw me into the story. If I think of going to the bathroom or being hungry, chances are I will not enjoy it. I bring this up because in Mia's world, things were taking such and immediate turn from the start that I no time to think about anything else because I became genuinely interested in what the will happen to this girl. The film is loaded with amazingly memorable characters. The film stars eighteen-year-old Katie Jarvis as fifteen-year-old hip-hop dance enthusiast Mia Williams. Mia is a girl who is so fed-up with the world around her she's at war with it. She's friendless, has a younger sister whom I'm quite certain is possessed by Satan, and a mother who's a drunk, a hussy, and would just as soon slap Mia as look at her. She's a volatile girl in a volatile world.

Within the first two minutes we learn a ton about Mia as a person. She makes a phone call to her friend -- a friend we find out quickly - Mia has lost to a falling out because she can't control her temper. After the phone call, she jogs to the same friend's house, and throws rocks at the girl's dad to ensure he leaves a message for his daughter. Immediately after this, Mia gets into a fight with a group of girls because of their "terrible dancing". Within virtually no time at all, we've learned just about everything we need to know about Mia: she's loves dance, she's alone, and she's a complete bitch. The latter makes liking her very difficult. Yet at the end of the movie I was able relate to her enough to actually like her.

What I enjoyed most about this film is how real it felt. It's…...

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