When a British film comes out and you see the famous BFI logo, you have a fair inkling of what you are in for. We Brits have a knack for gritty, no-nonsense films that can have a subject matter which can make them hard to watch.
Two For Joy is along those lines although writer and director Tom Beard (“Rags (Short)”, “A Generation Of Vipers (Short)”) manages to make the movie more than watchable. There are no cutaways to trees, blowing in the wind, no arty shots that linger for eternity. Instead, Two For Joy cuts to the chase and dumps you right in the heart of the drama, and it’s all the better for it.
The film sees Aisha, Samantha Morton (“Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them“, “John Carter“) in scintillating form, struggling to cope with life after losing her husband. She’s on meds but refuses further help, confining herself to her bed or the sofa most days to get through them.
Her daughter Vi, Emilia Jones (“Brimstone“, “High-Rise“) a wonderful young talent who shines once more, is trying her best to hold the family together but younger brother Troy, the amazingly named Badger Skelton (“Doctor Who (TV)”, “Web (Short)”), is a quiet tearaway who falls in with the wrong crowd.
As Vi tries her best to get her mum going again, she suggests they head down to the caravan where they haven’t been for ages. Whilst there they meet Lias, Daniel Mays (“Rogue One“, “The Limehouse Golem“), the caretaker of the park and his sister Lillah, Billie Piper (“Penny Dreadful (TV)”, “Doctor Who (TV)”), and her daughter Miranda, Bella Ramsey (“Holmes & Watson“, “Game Of Thrones (TV)”).