To give the most accurate account of how I felt about this movie I would be better writing nothing, and just drawing a picture of a really sad face. That would best sum up my reaction to this film. ‘Bully’ made me sad the whole next day after watching it too. I had to have a bit of distance from the film before I could really analyse it. But it’s been a week now, so I’m ready. The thing about this film is when you take away all the horrifically sad awful parts of it there isn’t that much left. All the film seems to be trying to say is that schools do not take enough responsibility for bullying, and that they should, because it can have such absolutely devastating repurcusions. But is that really enough? I felt like perhaps while the film was so busy pulling on our heartstrings it forget to take a step back and look a bit deeper. There is never once an interview with a bully, about their lives and why they behave so cruelly to other students. The teachers that they do depict seem to be so desperately trying to avoid taking responsibility that we never get much honesty from that perspective.
I was ready to write a negative review of this film until I talked to a few friends about it. ‘It’s just kids’ Most of them said ‘Everyone is bullied. It’s no big deal.’ If this is the general consciences, then perhaps the simplicity of this films message is absolutely relevent. Because if something is leading to children as young as eleven committing suicide than there is something very very wrong and it is absolutely a big deal. And so if that this film proves, and it gets people talking, then it is more than worthwhile.