With a cast as superb as this there is cause for excitement, however from the footage already released there is also cause for apprehensiveness. I want this to be good, I want this to be a proper homegrown British comedy that leaves me smiling from ear to ear, however with the screenwriter of Mr Bean’s Holiday and Johnny English Reborn at the helm I dare say the ship is already sinking before it’s even cast off. The trailer was chuckle worthy but nothing more, leading me to believe this could either be a surprise knockout or an absolute misfire.
Director Alejandro González Iñárritu is staying firmly in the right place as he delivers one of his best films. It was as gritty as the story demanded and Iñárritu’s ruthless directing style was applied perfectly. The cast is fantastic, with Leonardo DiCaprio stealing the show, while Tom Hardy and Will Poulter lead the superb supporting cast. The genius behind the film is cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, using only natural light and stunning landscapes to present some of the most beautiful shots I have ever seen in cinema. This is the epitome of brilliant story telling, and a masterclass in film making.
Knowing very little about this film before the screening, I found this to be one of the most powerful and thought provoking films from recent years. Tackling heavy themes linked to identity and the human condition, the fragmented narrative successfully tells this captivating story from different angles to paint a comprehensive picture. The cinematography is impressive, delivering detailed shots of the human body to aid the characterisation and transition of the protagonist. Eddie Redmayne’s performance is good, however what drives the film is the outstanding and superior performance from Alicia Vikander who makes the film an emotional and captivating experience.