Good movie but grossly overrated
Did you people see the same film I saw?
It's entirely possible that sending the audience out feeling lousy was intentional
Great story, amazing characters, superb action, enthralling cinematography. Yes, this is something I am glad I spent money on.
REVIEW - THE RIOT CLUB I have watched many films in my life and many wash over me with no meaning except for a few like I Daniel Blake.This film is one of those very rare films that is truly disturbing. The difference between those who have and those who have not, the difference between those born into money and those who earn it. Horrible, disturbing but essential watching reinforcing the image of we look after our own. Are the characters in this film true? Do people actually act this way? I will never know and honestly never want to be in the position to find out. Rating 10 out of 10
The Riot Club is an exclusive hedonistic drinking club in Oxford University with a long tradition. The group needs two new members to complete the ten minimum. Alistair Ryle and Miles Richards are new students with connections. Miles starts a relationship with Lauren from the working class. Right winger Alistair gets mugged and then recruited into the group. Harry Villiers is an older member whose ancestor was the original Lord Riot. James Leighton-Masters is the group's president. Hugo Fraser-Tyrwhitt is Miles' former classmate. They weren't close but Hugo remembers Miles. Their annual dinner at a country restaurant causes mounting rowdiness and chaos.These are entitled rich brats. None of them are that compelling as individual characters. Most of them are too interchangeable. Their hi-jinx are annoying and not particularly imaginative. It's a lot of drinking and destruction. Throwing in Natalie Dormer as a hooker does help. There is boring boorish talk and a couple of interesting moments. The scene with Lauren in the restaurant is wrong. It's excusable that Miles is drunk but Lauren is too slow on the uptick. Even then, Miles can't be that weak-minded. It makes no sense that he doesn't leave to chase after Lauren other than for the sake of the story. There are a few clunky moments. It's unbelievable that the guys don't do more than a night in the drunk tank. They walk out with their clothes which should be taken as evidence. The only way to make it all work is if the cops are bought off right away. The possibility is there but it's not sharp enough.
If you want to see where America is heading this film will help you see the way. The grotesque British class system was something that always horrified me as a child and I was glad to have grown up in a much more egalitarian America, at least where I lived in the middle of the country. I'd say that we aren't too far from another civil war to check the rampant gutting of our middle class by the richest few. If these "elites" are allowed to govern our world unchallenged then god help us.I had a hard time watching this as I found all of the boys to be despicable and loathsome. After the incident with the innkeeper the one boy said that he didn't do anything. Yes, you did. You stood by and watched as your friends beat an innocent man almost to death, a total freaking coward and almost as bad as the others.
These guys are amazing, they are all so good at portraying their characters. I have been watching some of their interviews regarding to this film and they kept on receiving the question "what's the moral lesson of this film" and they all started pointing at each other to who will answer it. I think the moral lesson is that no matter how successful and not so successful you are in life everyone deserves to be respected, don't look at yourself so highly like you are better than anyone else. I kinda hate the fact that they were messing Mugger's restaurant -the one that he was relying on for a living and I was about to cry when he accepted the money Alistair (Sam Claflin) was offering him just so he won't bother kicking them out of his place. I recommend this film not only because it has a good story plot but because the members of the club are all hot and babes.