Kicking Off :- Watch Kicking Off on YoutubeonFire, “Life doesn’t always turn out the way we want it to. You have to find something that takes the edge off things. Mine is football.” It’s the kind of generic voice over you’d expect to kick off a feel-good British comedy. But Matt Wilde’s indie flick, which won Best UK Feature at this year’s Raindance, isn’t afraid to embrace convention – or move beyond it. The film follows Wigsy (Brown) and Cliff (McHugh), Wigsy’s mate. One of them is pining for his ex-girlfriend. The other is tired of being decribed as “Wigsy’s mate”. Both of them are mad about football. That madness comes into focus when their team loses a crucial match and gets relegated. The reason? A disallowed goal, decided by the referee (Alistair Petrie as the brilliantly named Anthony Greaves). So Wigsy does the natural thing any sane person would: he kidnaps him. It’s a neat enough idea and the central duo run with it up and down the pitch. Warren Brown is admirably intense as the devoted fan, too busy yelling to listen to sense, while McHugh makes for an endearingly generous foil. The reveal of the act itself is laugh-out-loud funny, prompting an amusingly incompetent chase through the streets. It’s a shame, then, that Robert Farquhar’s script briefly enters stoppage time halfway through, as it tries to find a way to fill its 85 minutes: a detour to a church is coupled with a subplot about religion that draws an interesting parallel between faith and fandom, but feels clumsily introduced – one character is mocked for their faith before we are told about it.
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Release: 21 April 2016 (UK)
IMDB Rating : 6.5/10
Director: Matt Wilde
Stars : Warren Brown, Greg McHugh, Alistair Petrie