Film #186: 44" CHEST
4 out of 5 stars
A rewatch! From the writers of SEXY BEAST comes this gangster’s tale of love, loss, infidelity, hurt, and - ultimately - redemption. The cast is a whos-so of British tough guy actors (Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson amongst others) and the still beautiful Joanne Whalley. These pros tear through a script of such fine writing that I found myself rewinding the film to hear the speeches again. Never have you heard “the C word” (and I’m not talking “cancer”) used so often and so well as you do in this film (particularly as coming from John Hurt’s mouth). This is how dialog (particularly “tough guy” dialog) should be written. The ending of the film - while it does sorta stay true to the characters - falls a little flat, but… getting there is just a hoot. The film is shot with one camera and no gimmicks and it - for the most part - all takes place in a single room. See this one, kids!