Sunday, August 26, 2012
Top 10 24/08/2012
Brendan Gleeson is a delight as a mild mannered professional whose calm surely hides tempests of will. Colin Farrell, always a hit with me whenever he plays his native Irish, is all frenetic chaos and brattishness. Ralph Fiennes outdoes his starmaking turn from Schindler's List and grows through it like an unkillable weed to Pinteresque Cockney force. And for the third time I've seen her (Heartless and The Silence of Joan) Clemence Poesy provides an effortless brainy sexiness and, particularly when smiling, seems to generate her own lighting. All that and a great third act that gives way to a fourth (not a coda but a full blown act in its own right) whose presence in the structure did not bother me in the slightest.
Hara Kiri. A revenge tale as patient and meticulous as a tea ceremony. The sheer economy of the minimal sets and trust in actors to tell their characters' tales in word as well as deed. When the pieces fall to the conclusion and the action breaks out into the open field we witness one of the most haunting fights on screen.