I am commenting here in regard to the entire trilogy. It plays a lot better watching all three, one on top of the other, but it also makes picking them apart film by film trickier. Regardless, what sticks with me most from these is the atmosphere. It just oozes the sordid, uncomfortable feeling that the characters themselves are dealing with. Outstanding stuff.
The plot may be on the conventional side, but told with this much style and craft, it's a ripping crime thriller. A rich moody atmosphere, strong performances, and a sharp script make it an engrossing mystery. Now on to the rest of the trilogy.
Fairly standard territory here - murdered kids, shady land deals, corrupt cops, copious whiskey - but the style is fucking gorgeous. Confident, accomplished visual shorthand does the heavy lifting, letting the dialogue breathe naturally - very little exposition here. Pleasant surprise.
A sleepy mess of a story. "They got sunshine down south." Makes you feel lost. Makes ya wonder what's going on. Makes ya wish the guy'd just buy a gun. Some excellent images but overall the characters are just too frustrating. Hey, at least there's vindication.
there's not many movies where you think from the beginning how everything will turn out and then surprise you. This is one of them. Also: Excellent British cast, superb cinematography, soundtrack and costume.
Sadly not as good as its cinematography which is pretty. If only this film were tightly directed with a good lead player and better writing to boot, it could have been excellent! All in all: disappointing.
2-3. In spite of sharp visual composition, it becomes excruciatingly hard to sit through thanks to the warmly beige color palette mixing with extensive shallow focus and crooner ballads. On top of that, rather than a story about an unhinged lone 'wolf', the emphasis is on a family covering for the killer, forcing the movie to be about a reporter getting picked on by a powerful family. Extremely conventional, in all.
With it's deviations into lyrical imagery and the excellent visual poise, it's story is remarkably simple and lacking some of the staples of the procedural. That being said, it isn't necessarily a bad thing.