Ian McShane is the No.1 villain of the piece. That’s right, Ian McShane of Lovejoy fame (that rhymes). What a Mc-shame! (stop it) Because other than those two dreadful casting choices this film has the makings of being a brit-gangster classic of its time like its contemporary Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The story is well told, paced and cleverly structured given it’s simplicity. It is a lovely script and there’s great acting from the rest of the cast, not least from Winstone. And at one hour twenty we’re not left hanging about or made to suffer milked moments. Good succinct direction from Jonathan Glazer and lovely, subtle scoring from Roque Baños. But in a FilmFridays first, Casting Director Lucy Boulting must be named and shamed for some seriously poor choices!
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