Down Terrace Is Up and Down
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Written by Ben Wheatley, Robin Hill
The blurbs told me this was a dark comedy and a comedic British version of the Sopranos and at the beginning, I had a lot of “Ah, I can see how that would be funny” moments where I didn’t actually laugh.* However, something shifted midway through and while I never laughed aloud, I did perk up wondering how things were going to play out.** This film has an incredible soundtrack, some of it voiced by star Robert Hill and friends, and if you’re into diegetic performances of folk-style music you might want to look this film up.
The verdict: Skip
(Unless you are in it for the soundtrack or are trying to watch all of Ben Wheatly’s films before Rebecca is released.)
Cost: Free via Hoopla, Multnomah County Library’s lesser streaming service.
Where watched: at home
Consider watching instead:
*It was a trying film because Karl, the main character, is so clearly out of his element and incredibly whiny. His theatrics are not endearing, though the movie made clear how he got that way. I’m also guessing that elements of this film went over my head because I’m from the US, not Britain.
**It also managed to make turn I didn’t anticipate, which I found satisfying.
- What do you think would have improved Karl’s life?
- Where do you think the turning point was?
Favorite IMDB trivia item:
The two stars are really father and son
(Trivia was a little light)
Other reviews of Down Terrace:
- Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
- Melissa Anderson, Village Voice