Friday, June 10, 2005

layer cake

so here i was, all excited to go see 'layer cake', having found the book of the same name interesting. plus i like british gangster/drug films. and, the author of the book, jj connolly, adapted the screenplay, and it's gotten good reviews, so i expected it to be very strong.

well, to say the least i was disappointed. while a decent adaptation, the movie is strung together a bit incoherently. jumps from groups of people to groups of people. i think that if i hadn't read the book, i would have surely been lost. maybe it was the acting too. the lead actor, the unnamed narrator, played by Daniel Craig, seemed a little stiff. the rest of the actors did a good job, i think.

but another problem were some plot changes that made the film a little cheesy. esp the ending. the narrator also manages to hook up with the girl he meets (tamar hassan). well ok, almost hooked up with. this was a big change from the novel to the book.

i think maybe 'layer cake' just shouldn't have been made a film. or else maybe i was looking too hard at it as a 'lock stock and two smoking barrels' which it definitely isn't, even if it is directed by that and 'snatch''s producer, matthew vaughn.

or maybe it's just that i've been in terrible pain for the last week and a half and couldn't appreciate it. i don't know. but i found myself a little bored in the middle of the film. not a good sign, eh? well maybe you'll go see it and find it as brilliant as some critics have. i hope you do. after all, it's not a total waste of time.

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