By Rose aka Cheeky_Rose
Warning: Contains minor spoilers and a bit of strong language
I want to focus on Rupert Grint and his role as Malachy. A lot of the other reviews contain many spoilers and a real detailed depiction of the movie. I really don’t want to repeat information and give too much away. It’s all about Rupert for me. Let’s face it. It’s his movie and we want to see it for him.
We all know Rupert has talent. We all know he has great range, but until you see Cherrybomb, it’s hard to really understand his level of commitment to his craft and how second nature acting is to him. Ron Weasley and even Ben Marshall haven’t given us what Malachy does. Rupert was made for this role.
The movie opens up with Malachy’s face. He’s bloody, and I mean bloody. However, he’s not focused on that. His eyes are set and his expression dazed. There is so much emotion and history behind his features. Without anyone saying a word, the audience knows something major has happened. Rupert shocked me in the first scene. In the first thirty seconds I knew he would be amazing. He captured the entire incident which made him so wounded and filled up the space with just his face, moreover, his eyes. I knew in that first scene I was in for a real treat. I was ready for Malachy.
Malachy McKinney is a very confident and cheeky bloke. It’s another reason why Rupert shocked me. We’ve all gotten accustomed to his Ron Weasley humor and Ben Marshall shyness, but Mal is NOTHING like that. He’s fierce and very curious. It also helps that he’s drop dead sexy. I loved his cool sense of style and the hair was drool worthy. The quiff was perfect for him! It really gave him a certain… old school flavor and speaking of sex… Mal is very sexually intrigued as well. The directors did a brilliant job not making Malachy seem like a pervert or stalker, but a sexually curious young bloke. There are scenes of him watching girls on the trampoline very closely and of course him watching Crilly have sex on the job. Malachy is a great character for Rupert. He really gave him a freedom to be more daring and show that he can handle more adult themes with ease. I mean, Rupert IS an adult and it’s only natural that he handles adult situations. However, Malachy isn’t just about sex and girls though, no, he’s very smart and is quite frankly a good guy. It’s his “good guy” attitude that makes his relationship with Luke so interesting.
Luke, who is played by Robert Sheehan, does not have the sweet and wholesome life Mal does. Luke is the trouble maker. Causing mayhem runs in his veins. He loves to give Crilly a hard time at the Leisureplex where Mal works. Luke is so extreme and spastic that you wonder how he’s friends with Malachy. As the movie progresses, you begin to understand. Luke’s home life is no fantasy island. His father is an alcoholic. He’s always drunk and isn’t what a bloke needs as a father figure and his brother, is a drug dealer and is also violent. Luke feels trapped. He’s worried he’ll end up the same way, a vicious circle of failure and regrets. The only brightness he has in his life is Malachy. Mal doesn’t judge him. Mal accepts Luke for who he is and it doesn’t matter how hard Luke pushes him or how wild he gets, Mal takes him in. Luke would never say it, but he needs Malachy to keep going. Luke needs Malachy a bit more than Malachy needs him.
So, why would Mal want someone like that as a friend? Well, Mal’s home life is … well… a bit too perfect to me. He has loving parents. He makes them proud he’s an intelligent kid. Luke is Mal’s way out. Luke is Malachy’s escape from his cookie cutter life. With Luke, Mal’s borders fade away and he can… let loose. Luke is real to Malachy, and it’s a realness that he doesn’t have. Mal can be a bit wooden, and Luke breathes in life to him.
So, where does Michelle fit into all of t his? Well, Michelle, played by Kimberley Nixon, comes to the Leisureplex. Luke and Mal find out she’s the daughter of Crilly, who just happens to be Mal’s boss. Luke is known to get the girls and Mal has less luck, but he seems okay with it, until now. When Malachy first sets eyes on her in her posh outfit and amazing shades (I want to raid her closet!) there is a powerful sense of desire and excitement in his eyes… (Rupert is so amazing with his eyes. You can really see everything he’s feeling in them. No words are needed. Rupert Grint uses his face to get the point across.) You can tell right away that Mal is intrigued and will fall for her, but of course Luke thinks it’s a great idea for a game. It’s a game to see who will shag her first. It is a bit surprising because Malachy obliges and tells Luke he will fuck her first. I almost lost myself at that part. Rupert saying “fuck”… well, with the accent it’s more like “fock” lol, but nothing ever sounded better coming out of that man’s mouth.
And so the game begins! It’s a constant competition for Michelle’s affection and it changes the Mal/Luke dynamic. Before Michelle arrives, the two blokes would hang together. They would get high and piss around with each other. Now, it’s all about who will get Michelle first. Luke wants Michelle for a shag. He wants to prove he’s better. With no real emotional attachment to Michelle, he tried to use drugs and his “player” words to win her over, but Mal is nothing of the sort. Malachy actually has feelings for her and wants Michelle. He plays the romantic which is so Rupert Grint. Michelle tries to seem like she doesn’t care. She tries to ignore it. She herself has been ignored by her dad, but it’s obvious her heart flutters a bit at Mal’s kindness and affection. Mine did too!
However, she uses his affection to make him more jealous so he’ll want her more. She brings up Luke which in turn makes Malachy angry. It becomes a complicated situation. Luke is also mad at Mal for wanting Michelle so badly, but I think it’s more because he wants his best mate all to himself. Yes, Luchy bromance is apparent in this film! Luke tries to get Mal to leave Michelle alone, but the poor guy is too in love. He will do anything for Michelle and she uses that. He sort of becomes a puppet and Michelle holds on to those strings nice and tight. Rupert plays this well. I wasn’t used to seeing him so openly emotional. All his previous roles have him more hesitant, like he’s about to say it but doesn’t. Well, in Cherrybomb, he lets it all out!
So, with all the fighting and mixed signals, who gets the beloved fuck with Michelle? Well, Malachy… to an extent. The love scene… which isn’t a sex scene at all was well done. What’s great about Cherrybomb is the use of camera angles. Everything is really close up and sharp. Rupert and Kim did an amazing job. Everything was very personal and intense… The shots of them kissing, their naked bodies touching, it’s all very sweet and honest. I love Rupert… I was so turned on! His body is gorgeous and so not mainstream. Kim’s body is beautiful too; she doesn’t have the “sick figure” as I cal l it. They blended well together and really made me believe they were caught up and loving the moment. Rupert once again blew me away with his expression. His eyes dripped of passion and love. His face was so mesmerized. Malachy loved every bit of it. He sees Michelle as a goddess and you can tell by the tender way he kisses her and how he gazes into her eyes.
Of course, all good things come to an end. As the movie moves on, things become more complicated. I don’t want to give it anyway, but Luke becomes more jealous and enraged. He starts to become very annoyed with Michelle and Malachy stands by her when they argue. Well, Mal’s “betrayal” did it. Luke and Malachy have an intense fight scene in the pool at the Leisureplex. This in turns leads to more trouble. And the end of the movie finally catches up to the beginning and we find out why Mal was so bloody and dazed.
Overall, the movie was fantastic and easy enough to understand, but the complexity and dynamic of the characters gives it a unique spin. There was no need for extra flash and all that other rubbish that mucks up a film sometimes. This movie was all about the emotion and personalities of the characters and how they all related to each other. It’s not your typical romance. Malachy and Michelle are not your typical romantic and love seeking couple and Luke and Malachy aren’t your typical best friends. I will say the Lucky moments were amazing. Rupes and Rob are gorgeous and when they cuddle and insult each other with terrible swears it’s bromancy and funny… and bloody sexy. Luchy fans will be pleased… but will beg for more! Kim brings a fresh take on “the girl”. Michelle doesn’t act like the nice girl; she knows she’s a bit of a vixen.
The accent in the movie could be a bit hard to understand if you’re not familiar to hearing it. It’s not a problem nor does it take away from anything, but a couple of times certain words can be unclear if you’re not careful. Kim and Rupert did an amazing job mimicking it. Rupert’s deep and calm voice is already perfect, but with the Belfast accent… it makes him even more sexy and desirable. Yes, it’s possible ladies and gentlemen.
The directors did a great job with the violence, language and drugs. It was enough to make it dramatic, but not too make it unbelievable. I will say that partially the drug side of the story was well done. The teens get high and get really blasted in this movie, but it’s tastefully done and is realistic.
So, I will close with Rupert. I won’t lie; I saw the movie for him. It’s his best film to date. Rupert is so natural and really does a marvelous job with his close up shots. It’s not too intense that you can tell he’s trying. He’s so subtle and beautiful. Rupert plays Malachy so perfectly; you can tell he was meant for the role. The way he walks, talks, moves his body and facial expression are so dead on and the timing couldn’t be more accurate. Rupert really opened up and was allowed to spread his acting wings. He flew away and took us all with him. I’m a big Rupert Grint fan and he didn’t let me down. I never saw Ron. I never saw Ben. In fact, Rupert is such a sweet, funny, and quiet guy. He blows my mind, but I couldn’t really even see him. I saw Malachy McKinney. I saw a guy who wanted the girl and needed to be free from all the shit he thought was weighing him down.
Cherrybomb is fresh. It’s new and really artsy which I appreciated. Oh, and the music was brilliant! It matched the mood of the scenes perfectly.
Rupert Grint really shined as Malachy and I’m so proud of him. You won’t be disappointed! Rupert Grint delivered, just like I knew he would.