Starring: Angeline Ball, Ericka Roe, Lauren Larkin
Director: Rachel Carey
Running Time: 90 mins
Deadly Cuts is an Irish film about a group of hairdressers working in a salon in a decaying Dublin suburb who, in order to bring some sense of pride and safety back to the local community, decide to take matters into their own hands.
I had a heap of fun with this movie. While it might not keep up its strikingly dark comedy after an eye-catching first act, Deadly Cuts is a zippy, fast-paced and above all hilarious watch, complete with a relatable group of characters and a barrel of laughs throughout.
There’s a lot to love about Deadly Cuts, but its opening act hits surprisingly hard. While the film sets up a fun, lively dynamic between the main characters in the salon, its main focus is on the story of a decaying suburb terrorised by thugs.
While there are a couple of scenes which go a little too far, the film gives a (frustratingly) realistic portrayal of modern life in so many urban areas, with the film’s main villain really encapsulating the most infuriating of idiots you’ll encounter when trying to peacefully walk down the street.
And with that, Deadly Cuts really wins your heart early on. You side with the community as it desperately tries to escape a dwindling spiral of decay, and that sets up nicely for what is a much more light-hearted, but still thoroughly entertaining second half.
After some moments of fantastically dark humour in the opening stages, Deadly Cuts turns into a rather more typical small community movie, as we see the hairdressers of unknown Piglinstown take on the best and brightest in Ireland’s premier hairdressing competition!
It’s a little bit like Blow Dry, but Deadly Cuts does better to have fun with the whole competition gimmick, with a lot of jokes, fast-paced chaos and more proving a genuine delight, and never the cheesy, superficial story that you might usually expect.
As a result, the film does more than enough to entertain from start to finish. It’s a great dark comedy in its opening stages, and although it transitions to something more light-hearted later on, its heart and humour certainly isn’t lost, while a fantastic leading cast bring great energy to the table throughout. So, that’s why I’m giving Deadly Cuts a 7.6 overall.