The Kid, an intense British drama film which focuses on the theme of child abuse. Director Nick Moran (now familiar as an actor) creates this solid yet emotional storyline filled with realistic characters that convey the main message. The Kid brings real, sharp facts to the table in which document the journey of a poor soul.
Kevin Lewis grew up on a council estate with a very abusive family. His mother Gloria had this intense habit of constantly bruising the child. Whereas Kevin’s father was an alcoholic, whom sometimes helped him and sometimes, well gave him the punch. Social services soon became involved, where Kevin was in and out of the system, however his violent inherited attitude became unforgivable to the foster families. With slaughter and damage caused to Kevin, a humble teacher (Ison Gruffudd) noticed his pain, leading him to a new home. Kevin, now as an adult decided to quit studying to join the striving millionaires, thus attempting to be an entrepreneur. Meeting cunning con men on the way and becoming involved in street fights, Kevin soon ended up in the worst possible state. Until, he met the love of his dreams.
The Kid is an inspirational film, sparking moments of motivation and this idea of where will fate take him next. We are constantly referred to a flashback, coherently telling us the story from the point when Kevin is 10 years old. The pain and suffering is evident in all the forms of Kevin, through his eyes and hesitate gestures. Kevin’s character played by Rupert Friend, Augustus Prew and William Miller all deliver superbly. They each bring similar characteristics and this warmth within their souls, thus making Kevin more likable and believable. Immediately we’re lenient towards Kevin’s side and despise the scenes where he is abused, tortured and dramatically hit.
From the very first scene, a sense of character is evident. The mother, Gloria is perfectly casted for this role, where her vicious and ugly persona is highly anticipated. Her bold, chav style script and rough gestures are profoundly moving.
The cinematography is enthralling, from the flashback scenes to the intense action flints, The Kid directly aims for perfection. Fast paced scenes give this sense of time and movement, where day by day Kevin grows up, becoming this man right in front of our eyes. His memories unfold, reminding us of his past, constantly referring to unforgettable key scenes.
Overall, The Kid is a very serious yet intense film which drives this real issue of child abuse forward. We see the true facts come to life, where nothing is hidden from us. Character development is powerful, where Kevin’s role is award winning. The film ends with beautiful and memorable morals, leaving you in a positive mood and thus relating to the film.
My Rating: 8/10
Written by: Meera Darji