That exceedingly rare bird - the lesser spotted criminal fairy tale, crossed with the Orphic noir. Brutal, funny, romantic, and touching in equal measures, with Hoskins giving the performance of his career, and Jordan creating a world that is simultaneously magical and disgusting.
A book by John Franklin Bardin, the neglected American mystery novelist made quasi-English by his "discovery" there in the 1970s, is on display and under discussion throughout Neil Jordan's second and second-best film (The Company of Wolves' priority is unbudgeable). Bardin's stories, suffused with the loneliness of feeling and being (e)strange(ed), beguile us, a la Mona Lisa, unto half-smiles with their own.
Very good movie where Hoskins, Bates and Caine really shines in their respective roles. I know that stories like this (gangster redemption et al.) might be dime a dozen but Jordan is a good enough director to make this movie soar. The photo and music also works well. In my mind one of the best brit gangster movies since it focuses on the human issues instead of violence, heists or turfwars. Recommended.
Pretty terrific movie. I gotta admit I'm not too crazy about Neil Jordan's work overall, but this is pretty much his strongest effort. The plot is a bit predictable but Bob Hoskins gives a spectacular performance. He can pull off the tough guy persona like no other. He's never over-acting and his characters feel very human, very real. Too bad his talent was completely underused after that.
this is early, great jordan. he almost melts into the background with the direction, which is exactly what is called for. bob hoskins is fucking amazing, with the tiniest ticks and the greatest roars, he does it all. i also sort of love michael caine here. the lines are sharp, witty and the work of a writer who was to come to personify irish cinema. this is almost the perfect start from one of my favourites.
Excelent neo noir. Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine are, for me, the De Niro and Pacino of the British Isles. It's great to watch them sharing scenes. Only some one as vulnerable and sincere as Hoskins could play convincingly and movingly a chauffeur ex con in love with the hooker he works for.