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Scott and Sid review - a dull film about a wonderful story

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Scott and Sid (2018) follows the story of Sid (Tom Blyth), an awkward teenager with a dysfunctional family, who needs to take care of his alcoholic mother while keeping up with his studies, which leaves him almost no time for friends or social life. One day he meets Scott (Richard Mason), the new student: a troubled foster child who has already been expelled from four schools.

Both lonely and alienated, they become instant friends. But, while Sid wants to fit in and do well in school to be able to go to a good university, Scott is a dreamchaser. He wants to reach for the stars, and to him, school is just delaying the real thing. Eventually, both get involved in several businesses that lead them to success, but that also test their friendship and commitment.

Scott and Sid is the story of two teenagers who dream of becoming filmmakers. But it is also the semi-biographical story of two teenagers that wanted to become filmmakers and that actually did. Scott Elliot and Sid Sadowskyj wrote, produced and directed Scott and Sid, a movie about the list of dreams they wrote when they were 16 and still in school. With Scott and Sid, their life-long dream has become true, but not without a lot of hard work, which has been perfectly portrayed in the film.

Scott and Sid is not the typical teen story. It is about overcoming your circumstances, no matter how terrible they are, and fighting for what you want, even if society, your parents or the headmaster of your school are telling you not to. The message that it is trying to send is just wonderful, and even better when we know it is based on true events: there’s no need to follow a conventional path. There are many other ways to achieve what you want, all of them as valid.

The two main characters of the movie are really interesting. Sid is simply inspiring, as we get to see how he struggles to be a normal kid while having to take care of his alcoholic and abusive mother. Scott is also strong, but in a different way. He wants to leave his depressing life behind and see his dreams come true. He does not believe in doing what society tells you to do. He fights against the system to get his place in this world in his own way. At some points he is a bit annoying, especially when he gives Sid a hard time for wanting to fit in, but he is indeed a very fascinating character. Besides, both actors are great in their respective roles, and their chemistry on-screen is brilliant.

Nevertheless, although the story is nice and charming, it's told too fast, not leaving the audience enough time to really get into what was happening before it changes to something else. Telling a story that lasts so many years in just one and a half hours is a risky business, and I don’t think Elliot and Sadowskyi have managed to do it right. Maybe with a longer film they could have reached the depth necessary to make us feel like we know the characters, but after watching Scott and Sid, I didn’t feel like I cared for any of them.

Although the idea is good and the characters are well-developed, the film fails to have the spark that would make it great. In general, it's not the sort of movie you'd rewatch, and I  probably won't remember it in a few months. Scott and Sid had the potential to be a wonderful film with a great story and message, but it ends up being just an entertaining drama without any emotional impact in the audience. A fine movie nontheless, but not a memorable one.

Scott and Sid is out in UK cinemas 9th March, and released on DVD and Digital Download 12th March.

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