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I bought this film from Tesco for £4.99 a couple of years ago thinking it was going to be a great teen drama a bit like adulthood, boy was I wrong! I'm surprised I actually managed to watch it all the way through.
It stars Ashley Walters a former member of So Solid Crew who also played a part in 50 Cent's feature film Get Rich Or Die Tryin'. Life & Lyrics is directed by Richard Laxton.
It's a bit like a modern day version of Romeo & Juliet although somehow unsurprisingly doesn't come close to the Leonardo DiCaprio & Clare Danes version. It was released 29th September 2006 & went straight to DVD which to be honest I think says all you need to know about this film as most films that go straight to DVD aren't released at the cinema for a very good reason! However I was stupid enough to buy this film so it's my fault really!
Life & Lyrics is based around is based Danny (Walters) who falls for the gorgeous Carmen (Louise Rose) whom he later finds out is related to a member of his rival crew. On discovering this his loyalties are put to the test & he has to decide whether to screw his rivals over & make it big but lose the girl of his dreams or do things the honest way & win the impending rap battle fair & square, gaining him respect from his crew, his rivals & Carmen.
In theory this sounds like quite a good film & would be something I'd like however this film seems to be lacking something, well actually it's lacking almost everything. It's only 1 hour 35 minutes long but this is still way too long for a film of these standards. It's slow from start to finish with a very weak storyline. I don't know what made the writer use the Romeo & Juliet type storyline because it just simply does not work at all. My boyfriend wanted to watch recently as he had never seen it before so I was forced to sit through this awful film again & he hated it too! The best thing about this film is Ashley Walters on the cover with his top off!
The bonus feature on this DVD go well with the theme of the movie as they are very limited. The only things you get are deleted scenes & the theatrical trailer which is quite misleading as seeing the trailer makes it look like quite a good film!
There is also a soundtrack to this film that you can buy from play.com for a ridiculous £7.99. It doesn't even give you a song list on the website that just shows how popular this film is! I wouldn't even waste my money on the soundtrack though to be honest as the music was equally as bad as the film.