The Riot Club: Why It’s Dark But Enticing

Have you seen The Riot Club already? It’s this play-turned-movie that featured College boys making the most out of their youth by eating lavishly and drinking to extent.

I find this film rather dark, mysterious and it has this certain gravitational pull that makes you want to watch even more of it until you grow tired of it. Which actually won’t happen soon. The Riot Club may have been the worst adaptation of the Bullingdon Club (according to testimonies and articles about the Bullingdon Club) but since everyone of us are all outsiders in this posh world, this is the closest thing we could have in a real-life setting.

There have been reports that TRC (short for The Riot Club) didn’t use the correct facts on how Bullingdon members run their club but what we are going to say in this article is somewhat different than those. We will not talk about how different it was from the real-life club or how rowdy their behavior is. Instead, we will uncover how this posh, dark and mysterious movie can be such a soul-sucking film of 2014.

The Riot Club is a 10-member elite dining club that only the boldest and the brightest can join. As one member from the movie mentioned, “if you’ve got to ask, you’re not really the right sort of chap.” From the movie, we see James (President), Hugo, Harry, and the bunch talking on how to fulfill the legacy of the club of maintaining 10 members right after two members graduated the previous year.

We also see two prospects, obviously because they were first shown in the movie, making their way inside the campus as “Freshers” and we see how boring and slow the build-up is in this story.

But then, what we don’t actually know is that after these slow-pace moving set, we find ourselves immersed in the deeper part of what the club really stands for. It’s where the last stage of a youth being young and wild without the watchful eyes of the public and spectators. It’s where anyone can be bought with money, where all things are measured by wealth and fame, where all things are that shallow. We see these boys, tarnishing their youth and taking advantage of the freedom they were given to before graduating and taking over “big desks” or rather, “important desks”. These boys are, unfortunately, the leaders of tomorrow.

We also see how one person is always given a choice. To let people do bad things and to stop people from doing bad things. We see how weak a man is, letting his fears cloud his judgement on what is wrong and right, how his reluctance to help made things so ugly. This is how fascinating this movie is. We see the people’s weaknesses, our weaknesses, in front of us. We see how one seemingly innocent thing of “getting chateau’d beyond belief and drink til our eyes fall out” can be turned against you in a blink of an eye. But after all, this movie can be so vulgar that laying out the weaknesses of a human can be so much for a person. It’s so graphic, so dark and the amount of truth in this can be hardly covered.

What we can learn from this film is that no matter how hard it is, always try to rationalize the situation. Never wait for someone to do the bad thing. Never wait for things to turn out so ugly. Never wait for your mind to clear up and join this madness. Instead, stand up on your own. Fight for your values, fight for what is right. After all, you wouldn’t want to end up in jail, right?

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