Conclusion: Filth isn't for everyone. Irvine Welsh's humor is exceptionally dark, and Bruce Robertson is an irredeemable louse. But he's also a kind of tragic figure; McAvoy compares him to Iago or Richard III, if one of those famous villains were to be plunked down in the real world, where megalomania and...
Conclusion: Though exceedingly dark, Filth is less harrowing than Welsh's Trainspotting , but no less engaging or entertaining, thanks to great performances, led by McAvoy, an excellent adaptation of Welsh's book and beautiful visuals, directed by co-writer Baird.
Excerpt: Upon convincing his male co-workers at an office Christmas party to Xerox their junk and pin each picture to a wall so their female colleagues can judge whose is whose, Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) tricks up his own photocopy to exaggerate his size.
Conclusion: If you are familiar with Irvine Welsh's novels or have seen Trainspotting , The Acid House or Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy , then you should have a pretty good idea what type of material Jon S. Baird's Filth covers.