The story of a man newly released from prison who falls in love with a reclusive young movie star and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster. –IMDb
A fairly quirky little London gangster story that offers few fresh ideas to the British crime film collection, but, manages to uphold a 1960s film style and delivered quite a few laughs. The ending left much to be desired, but at least most of the reprehensible characters get what they deserve (strangely, perhaps the most reprehensible of characters receives no punishment).
The best part was the credits. And no, this is not some smart-ass way of saying it sucked and I was glad it ended. Yes, it did suck, but also, the typography and graphic design in the credits was pretty fucking awesome.
William Monahan directs as well as he writes with punched up character work filled expertly and cast perfectly. Charismatic and catchy in a sea of pastiche wannabe gangster flicks, this is bright lights and big shots for Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley & Ray Winstone. Brilliant pairs with big grins from David Thewlis & Ben Chaplin. Lots to like, color & character go a long way - too bad so many die by curtain call.
David Greven in the new Winter 2010 issue of Cineaste: "Judging by these first three entries of Arsenal Pulp Press's new series Queer Film
The film opens with a particular primed Colin Farrell playing the role of a Londoner with family and friends, he develops friendships and creates new ones, but certainly he doesn’t forget to have a… read review