Film Review: The Riot Club
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4/5 The big screen adaptation of Laura Wade’s 2010 West End play Posh is inexplicitly based on Oxford University’s notorious Bullingdon Club (former members include David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson), an elite group of male students whose social status and wealth put them at the self-appointed top of the university tree. Taking a play that holds frequent moments of humour, usually via the musical numbers that make its satire clear and in turn help us to feel that its central characters are ridiculous and deliberately stereotyped, and turning it into a serious and affecting piece of cinema is obviously a challenge. However, with a script penned by Wade herself and direction by Lone Sherfig, The Riot Club takes its source material to a different plain – less laugh-out-loud funny, more dramatic in both visual and narrative, and overall more affecting. The Riot Club does not attempt to move Posh directly onto the screen; instead it adapts it into its own being, with its own cinematic purposes, and it is much better for it.
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