The Limehouse Golem *****​

The Limehouse Golem has a great deal going for it.

Limehouse Golem

It is based on the novel by Peter Ackroyd and then turned into a tight, witty and gripping script by Jane Goldman.

Bill Nighy takes the male lead. He delivers an excellent, gripping performance of a gentle but tortured soul in a harsh world.

Olivia Cooke as the protagonist also gives a fine portrayal, mixing light and dark, truth and lies with a fine touch.

Do not be misled by the Golem in the title. This is neither a horror story nor fantasy. It is a drama based on the reality of Victorian East London just prior to the reign of Jack the Ripper.

Those who have enjoyed the TV series ‘Ripper Street’ will be well satisfied by this tale. Fans of Mr Nighy will be delighted with his return to top form.

One of the best films this summer, well deserving of 5 out of five stars.

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American Made ***

American Made takes us on a ride into the CIA created world of Central American Drugs for Guns trade, that lead into the Iran-Contra Scandal of the 1980s.

American MadeThe leading character (Tom Cruise) is not a hero. Much of his motivation is a mixture of greed and cowardice. As such, this makes a nice change from his normal roles.

It also gives him a chance to give us a semi-comic performance that he handles with some limited grace.

Most of the best humour comes from the actions of the surrounding characters and organisations.

So this was, I found, historically interesting but lacking in tension, conviction and drive.

A medium grade of 3 out of five stars so great for fans and wet Saturdays.

 

Baby Driver *****

Sometimes the experience of sitting in a cinema can make you feel really old.  Today I was is a near capacity audience and I think if you took the combined age of any three, I would still have been older.

This is because Baby Driver is squarely aimed at the current Grand Theft Auto generation.  For these millennials, raised on the criminal as hero, driving to kill, all while isolated in a Baby Driverbubble of noise from their surgically attached ear buds, this film was heaven.

But that isn’t to say I did not like it, far from it. This is a well-written, directed and acted crime caper in the long tradition of The Italian Job and Bonny & Clyde.

The music forms the controlling heartbeat of the action, raising your blood pressure with the craft of Hitchcock.  The choice of music is eclectic and appropriate.  I felt very at home with many of the choices and enjoyed the newer pieces so much; I am considering buying the sound track.

This film deserves a much broader audience than saw it with me today. For that reason I award it 5 out of five stars.  Give it a go.