Paddy Considine scene in psychological thriller is still ‘one of the greatest in British film’
Paddy Considine brings the star power to one of the most underrated British films ever made, and you can watch it for yourself tonight (17 November).
While he's got a glittering career as an actor, Considine turns in one of the best performances he's ever given in the 2004 film Dead Man's Shoes.
Sure, Considine has recently wowed viewers in House of the Dragon and Peaky Blinders, but arguably none are quite as impactful as his leading role in Dead Man’s Shoes, Shane Meadows' 2004 drama thriller centring on one of cinema's most powerful motifs: revenge.
Paddy, who co-wrote the film alongside Meadows and Paul Fraser, portrays Richard, a terrifyingly trained paratrooper who returns to his hometown to get even with the group of thugs who brutalised his mentally-challenged brother.
Dead Man's Shoes is the perfect example of Meadows' mastery at transforming a simple story into a heart-wrenching tale, while also managing to inject humour into what is otherwise one of the bleakest films of the century.
Much like his other works, including This is England, the film is set amongst the grey, dreary backdrop of a small, northern town, one in which life-changing crimes and social injustices go unnoticed.
But it's truly Paddy's performance that makes Dead Man's Shoes the classic that it is today, with his ability to depict the strongest sense of anger and resentment without ever raising his voice.
Modern horror makers, take note - if you want your villains (or in this case, antiheroes) to strike fear in your viewers, subtlety is the key.
There are so many standout scenes to choose from, but one in particular is hailed as the best to this day, with some fans suggesting it's 'one of the greatest in British film'.
We are, of course, talking about the moment Richard confronts Sonny (Gary Stretch) who, despite trying to hold his own as his cronies cower in their car, is unable to conceal the fear in his face.
Knowing what happens at the end of the film only makes this scene all the more poignant, serving as the undercurrent of Sonny's terror and Richard's rage.
But even if you've never had the chance to watch Dead Man's Shoes before, the sheer emotion and intensity that runs through it is bound to give you goosebumps.
Taking to Twitter to discuss the scene, one fan wrote: "Said this so many times but, in my humble opinion, I think this is one of the greatest scenes in British film.
"Paddy Considine in blistering form," said another, while a third added, "Just great acting from Considine and Stretch to create such an iconic scene."