Tuesday 1 May 2018

Film Review: 'Modern Life is Rubbish'

Modern Life is Rubbish is described as a sort of anti-romantic comedy and, in many ways, that's what it is.

Natalie (Freya Mavor) and Liam (Josh Whitehouse from Poldark)  are splitting up after ten years together and key moments in their lives are played out to a backdrop of the indie music of the time. In fact, their love of the same type of music brought them together and has always been a major factor in their relationship. Liam is a struggling musician; Natalie gives up her dream of becoming an album designer to work in advertising so as she can support the pair. The trouble is, Liam doesn't seem to notice Natalie's sacrifices. He's so absorbed in himself, his band and his music and so opinionated about the negative influence of modern day technology on our lives he has little time for anything else, including work. This might be okay if his band was going somewhere but they spend more time arguing than playing music.Will taking on the mysterious The Curve (Ian Hart) as their manager turn things around?

Seeing Liam's band on stage adds a nice sense of authenticity to the film for it's obvious that Josh Whitehouse is a musician, although sometimes I had to remind myself that I wasn't watching 'Josh Whitehouse in Concert'. Fellow Poldark actor Will Merrick plays Olly, the band's bass player and, as Liam's best mate, often comes up with some pearls of wisdom.

Liam soon begins to realise what he's lost by letting Natalie slip through his fingers and sees he has to change his ways. But is he too late?

Natalie's work colleague Adrian (Tom Riley) has started to take an interest in her.  He's bright, thoughtful, good-looking, shares her interests - I mean, what's not to like?

Ultimately, while Modern Life is Rubbish is a story of the compromises we make in a relationship, it does leave us wondering if it isn't better to change relationships rather than the people inside them.

Modern Life is Rubbish is in cinemas in the UK from Friday 4 May. Follow the link for venues and tickets

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