5 Superb - A very astute observation of the 1980sMotorhead | 04/09/2008 | See all Motorhead's reviews (25)I love this film. Mike Leigh really has nailed what the 80s were about here, unemployment, bleakness, youth, multiculturalism, social housing etc. Those of us who (just about) remember the early 80s will see something here that reminds us of these times.The story is based around a family living on a council estate in S E London. The two teenage brothers (excellent performances from Phil Daniels and Tim Roth) live in a time and a place where there is nothing to do, no work and no money. This fantastic cast also features Alfred Molina, Pam Ferris and a terrifying yet at times hilarious turn from Gary Oldman as 'Coxy'.This was Mike Leigh's first cinema film for 12 years and it is one of his best in a great many ways. It may lack the polish or budget of his films made in the last 15 years but in many ways it is one of the most earnest and a fascinating watch with a quality cast at the begining of their careers. Brilliant!