On 2 July 2009 Rupert Grint‘s film Cherrybomb was shown in London, as a part of an event which took place at NFT 2, Southbank Centre. The screening was mostly attended by the representatives of the movie distribution companies, as well as several journalists. Thanks to Clay Epstein and Rajal Pitroda with The Little Film Company, Ice Cream Man was given the opportunity to invite twenty-ish die-hard Rupert fans to see Cherrybomb. Prior to the screening, Jo and me had spent several weeks discussing with Rajal how to best organise the entire thing and how to make sure that the most dedicated and reliable fans are invited to see the film. Understandably, TLFC people did not want us to advertise the screening too loudly, and especially not on the main news page, because it was not an open event and the organisers wanted to prevent the overcrowding of the venue. On the other hand, they did not want to risk inviting unknown people who would fail to show up. Therefore, in the end, we agreed that ICM should handpick up to twenty fans (either our forum members or representatives of our partner sites and forums), and Rajal would also invite a few other fans via Cherrybomb official Facebook page. We also agreed that Karo and me should attend the screening on behalf of ICM and help distribute the tickets to the fans who were on our list of invitees.

Hereby me and Karo want to thank all the fans who attended the screening — and especially to those who sent their reviews and feedback — and also to The Little Film Company, who presented us with this wonderful opportunity as a token of appreciation for all the work we had done in helping promote Cherrybomb and campaigning to secure a distribution deal for it.

ICM staffer Karo with fans and representatives of other fansites who attended the London screening of Cherrybomb.

ICM staffer Karo with fans and representatives of other fansites who attended the London screening of Cherrybomb.

So, what did the fans think of the film? Read their reviews below… 🙂

Cherrybomb Review 1
by Kylie

Any movie with Rupert Grint in it I automatically love. But I do believe that audiences who are not familiar with Rupert and his work in the Harry Potter series will enjoy Cherrybomb. I think that with this film, its appeal largely depends on the demographic. Younger audiences will be attracted to Cherrybomb because of its “sex, drugs and rock & roll” subject matter, and because the three leads are very attractive and quite engaging in terms of their performances, as well as their already established popularity: Kimberley Nixon for her roles in several recent teen movies, Robert Sheehan for his TV work, and Rupert… well, obviously everyone knows him and loves him as Ron Weasley.

I also think that the soundtrack was AMAZING, and it’s so great that they used many local bands from Belfast and other lesser-knows music acts. The music really did play a crucial part in the film, both in the story as well as setting the tone and mood of each scene.

I definitely believe that Cherrybomb’s best quality, as a film, was the incredible cinematography and overall visual aesthetic. The colours, sets, camera angles, everything was just so visually dynamic and gorgeous. Right from the begining, all the way to the end I was engaged by what I was SEEING on the screen. If the movie had no plot or sound at all, I think I still could enjoy Cherrybomb just watching the beautiful imagery.

That being said, I think that Cherrybomb’s weakest feature was a relatively weak plot and minimal dialogue. The movie was a series of trouble making by a couple of teenagers. Luke’s family problems constituted the meatiest parts of the plot, but not enough to carry through the whole film, because this subplot didn’t really relate to the trio’s relationship (which, I think, was meant to be the main focus of the film). The quick pace of the film combined with the minimal dialogue didn’t give me enough to engage with, in terms of the characters and their relationship with each other. If Luke’s and Malachy’s friendship was more believable and intense, the dramatic parts of the film would have had a MUCH greater impact on me.

The three leads were cast incredibly well and that they all did an amazing job, especially with their unaccostomed accents. Robert Sheehan was clearly the least experienced actor, Kimberley Nixon did well although had a few iffy moments, and Rupert, well, I’m being biased but I think he was the best. To compare Rupert’s performance to his other roles, I’d say that he is definitely branching out and I always see him growing as an actor. In all seriousness, I think he is THE most natural and flexible young actor working today. I really can’t compare him to anyone else, I just think he is amazing.

Although I’m Canadian, I didn’t find it difficult to understand the accents, actually I found they weren’t as thick as I thought they would be! Very good job by the cast, if I didn’t know any better I would have never thought that they weren’t Irish!

I would recommend this movie to anyone. I know that some people will enjoy it much more than others, but I do think that it’s a beautiful film and that everyone should be able to appreciate at least some elements of it. As for me, I would definitely see Cherrybomb again! I really do hope that it gets picked up by some great distributors, because the public deserves to see it. However, I think 14 might be a bit young to see this movie. Of course, people have various maturity levels but in general I think that Cherrybomb is best suited for an older teen audience, or young adults.

Cherrybomb Review 2
by Vicky

Firstly, I definitely enjoyed the film! I wasn’t too sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised, it exceeded my expectations. I felt that Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan played their roles really well, and they were naturals in the roles. Rupert brought a nice spin on a character with some swagger and both actors had really good comic timing.

I was not as sure about Kimberley Nixon’s performance. It may just be the role, but I never felt that connected to her and I couldn’t see why she was causing such disruption in Luke’s and Malachy’s friendship that had obviously gone through some difficult times before this. I couldn’t decide if her affection for Malachy was real or just something to pass the time. I still enjoyed her performance to an extent, but I just felt the character could have been a bit more fleshed out.

I enjoyed the “artsyness” of the film, some slick ideas on show which really worked in the film’s favour. The soundtrack was well chosen as well and added to the atmosphere.

I enjoyed Cherrybomb immensely and I would definitely go to the cinema to see this movie again. However, I was a bit confused as to who the movie would be aimed at. Obviously, Rupert Grint is the most famous name in it, and a majority of Harry Potter fans would be interested to see it. But it doesn’t seem to be a film for teenagers, despite it being about teenagers. Personally I would recommend it to older teens and young adults, as I think it has something for everyone.

To sum up, I think Cherrybomb was an excellent movie that was totally engaging and uniquely realistic. Not your typical teen movie, and that’s why people should go see it!

Cherrybomb Review 3
by Princess and Crystal

Cherrybomb is an extremely gripping film about relationships, the importance of friendship, drugs and parties. It will appeal more so to the youth as they could possible relate to it. The first thing we noticed and immediately liked was the artistic feel the film had taken. It gave the whole film a sense of excitement and interest. We also liked the fact that each individual character’s sense of style in clothing portrayed their own personalities extremely well. For example, Luke (Robert Sheehan) wore clothes of clashing colours and interesting patterns, which gave him an overall eccentric look. It all corresponds well with the character whose father is an alcoholic and who deals drugs. Malachy (Rupert Grint) on the other hand dresses smart and neat, which reflects his character as someone with manners, respect for other people and also that he is easy to get along with.

Even though Malachy and Luke are almost complete opposites, they are best friends. You can see that underneath the fact that they don’t get along sometimes, they have a very strong bond. Michelle (Kimberly Nixon) comes into town to stay with her father because she has caused too much trouble for her mother to take care of her. Her style is very quirky which reflects the fact that she is a girl who likes to have her fun. Her arrival causes immediate rivalry between Malachy and Luke. The relationship between the three of them is not a smooth one. At first you see that she is maybe drawn more towards Luke than Malachy. Maybe it is because the thing they have in common is that they are both thrill seekers. Michelle is always looking for a bit of excitement and Luke is always willing to entertain, even if it will affect other people in the process.

As the film unrolls, you slowly start to see her turn to Malachy. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that Malachy is controlled, loving and a little romantic and she really wants control in her life and someone to genuinely care about her. The story starts with the boys fighting after Michelle, but then things twist and it becomes Luke fighting for his friendship with Malachy. As things only seem to be getting worse for Luke, he suddenly realises that Malachy is the only thing he has left, even though you see that their friendship is falling apart. In the end, he takes desperate measures to save his friend and their friendship.

Cherrybomb was a great film, the acting was very good and the chemistry between the three leads was immense. We really enjoyed it.

Cherrybomb Review 4
by Natalie

I loved Cherrybomb. The film had a very entertaining storyline and the characters were very realistic. The film’s edgy and the nail-biting storyline is something that a lot of people would enjoy. I know my friends would definitely love it! Not all of them are crazy about Rupert like I am, but this film would really appeal to all people around my age (18+) and older.

I can’t really fault this film because I thoroughly enjoyed all of it! The storyline had me hooked and I thought it was action-packed and thrilling! The thing I wasn’t sure about in the film was the text from the text messages they sent. It was very good, I liked the idea, but a lot of the slang was a bit confusing for me, I didn’t really understand what some of it meant.

The actors’ performances were brilliant. Robert Sheehan, who plays Luke, gave a spectacular performance! I was very impressed with him in this film, and having not seen him in anything other than Cherrybomb, I’d very much like for him to do things in the future. Kimberly Nixon was also good. I wasn’t too crazy about how she portayed the accent, but otherwise, very good.

And Rupert Grint – he was fantastic! Cannot fault his performance at all! His performance in Cherrybomb was very different to his role as Ron in Harry Potter and Ben in Driving Lessons. It was nice to see him play a role that’s more grown up and adventurous. He stuck to his accent — his very good Northern Irish accent — at all times, and the emotion he gave out when acting was amazing! He really showed us how it’s done in some very powerful and emotional scenes.

In short, Rupert did a marvelous job, and I personally think he’ll do great — after Harry Potter is over — in other roles, as this film really did show us that he’ll cope without the Hogwarts robes.

Cherrybomb Review 5
by Dexy

Let me start by saying that I have never written a movie review in my life, so don’t expect much! I should also note that I’m a 39-year-old male, and I don’t really belong to Cherrybomb’s possible target audience. I’m not into indie flicks; I happen to love science fiction and action blockbusters, and I would probably never have heard of Cherrybomb if it weren’t for my wife, who is a huge Rupert Grint fan. It was her who persuaded me to see the film, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Overall, I liked the film very much. It’s a simple and straightforward story, possibly inspired by some real-life events. The best thing about Cherrybomb are the actors’ performances, which are all very good, natural and convincing. The actors were completely unfamiliar to me — except Rupert Grint whom I had seen in Harry Potter movies and a comedy called Thunderpants — thus I didn’t know what to expect; but they really carried the movie. Since I’m not a native English speaker, I cannot judge how authentic their accents were, but they did seem pretty convincing to me.

I would recommend this film to audiences aged 15 and older. The film deals with the challenges of growing up, including the drug abuse, heavy drinking and such, and it has a pretty strong message: the irresponsible indulging in crime and substance abuse can easily lead into tragedy. Although the kids will always find good excuses for their behaviour (such as parents’ neglect, unreturned love, etc.), they need to stop seeking instant relief and accept responsibilities for their actions.

Rupert Grint and Kimberley Nixon in Cherrybomb. Photo by Helen Sloan

Rupert Grint and Kimberley Nixon in Cherrybomb. Photo by Helen Sloan

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  1. francaise3 says:

    Great to hear you had fun and liked the film! 🙂 *wants to see CB badly*


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