Saturday, April 19 2014, 01:31 PM MDT
Movie Review: Dom Hemingway
2 out of 5 Stars
Director: Richard Shepard
Starring: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Recommended To: Jude Law devotees.
Synopsis: After a 12-year stint in prison safe-cracker Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) sets out to get what he's due from crime lord Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir).
Review: It's clear that Jude Law loved playing the vulgar and brash Dom Hemingway. Every scene is filled with Law gloriously chewing the scenery with a furious verocity that is something to behold. It's a tour-de-force performance that unfortunately doesn't translate into an enjoyable viewing experience because Dom Hemingway is a mess of a film with frequent tonal changes and identity issues. Is it a dark comedy? Is it a menacing drama? Is it a heartfelt story about a father reuniting with his daughter? Yes, it's all of those and none of those at the same time. For me, the film work best when it was a strange cousin to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Trainspotting where reality feels distorted by copious amounts of drugs and alcohol. But when director/writer Richard Shepard mixes in the violence and focuses entirely on how despicable Dom is the film becomes a chore to endure. Richard E. Grant is enjoyable as Dickie Black, but his character only works when the film is black comedy. It's also great to see Emilia Clarke in a role outside of Game of Thrones, but her estranged-daughter subplot feels cheap, overly cliche and out of place.
-Ryan Michael Painter