Root Beer Film Festival: Bronson

Michael Peterson a.k.a Charles Bronson sounds like an absolutely horrible person. His claim to fame is spending most of his adult life in solitary confinement, and becoming England’s most famous prisoner. Essentially Peterson/Bronson is a petty thief who likes to take people hostage, and beat up prison guards. You don’t get to spend a lifetime in prison for stealing a ring, but if you continually threaten people trying to help you it will add some time to your sentence.

The film Bronson is the dramatized account of his life, and has the feel of a lot of British crime films of the past 15 years. It is kind of all over the place, but is carried by the performance of Tom Hardy.

Hardy’s performance as the title character is pretty amazing. Portrayed as the cross between a vaudeville performer and a lunatic, Peterson/Bronson gives Hardy enough juicy material to chew up scenery. It almost makes you wish that Peterson/Bronson was a likable character, but he isn’t. You’re glad he’s locked up, and he’s probably happy that he is as well.

LETTERS

Is Billy Joel’s “Root Beer Rag” the unofficial theme song of the film festival? – TJ from Stone Mountain, GA
No. The official theme song is “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

What happens if you don’t get to watch every movie?
– Jerry from Akron
I’ll never get this chance again, so I need to watch them all.

Will you be making root beer floats this weekend?
– Chuck from NYC
So many root beer floats. Like two.

Movies watched: 2 (Moonrise Kingdom and Bronson)
Root Beers consumed: 2 (Stewart’s and Brownie)

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