After keeping his mouth shut for 12 years in prison, Hemingway is released to search for his long-awaited glory. A self-proclaimed legend who wants what he’s owed by his associates, and also what he’s owed by life.
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At times a crass, violent, and charming affair - while other times its a predictable, slow, and misguided mess. Law's performance is about the only stable element of the entire film - he's funny, crude, and brutish. The film's style was quirky in general, fun but nothing revolutionary - falling somewhere oddly between something by Wes Anderson and Refn's Bronson. Could have been much better with so much potential.
Jude Law gives a revelatory performance in a film that unfortunately fails to live up to the promise of its engaging first third. Once Dom makes it home from misadventure in France the film just grinds to a halt that no matter of cussing and clever asides can reboot. A real disappointment but certainly not the fault of Law or Grant. The opening ode to his anatomy is quite brilliant though.
An episodic character study of a British criminal struggling to be a deadbeat badass but unable to lose his innate humanity. This doesn't come close to the successes of Snatch or Withnail & I, but Jude Law and Richard E. Grant are infectiously watchable.
Carried entirely on the shoulders of Jude Law (w/ a fine performance by Grant), this fine black comedy is a frustrating one. One one hand you've got an unhinged Law (who gives one of his performances ever). And on the other, you've got a story that can't quite match up with Law. It's more a series of moments (some of them great) but it's screenplay could've used a little more work.
Definitely fun to watch, riddled with cliches and some script contrivances that seem to have been written by a teenager schooled on 90s Brit-crime flicks, but something about J Laws portrayal of Dom as a perpetual underdog, albeit chronic screw up, makes this watchable even through the most cringe worthy of scenes and over the top delivered screen monologues.