When I first heard about this film, I was sold based on the cast alone, and the premise made me even more excited. I was sad when it had a screening at a film festival near me that I was unable to go to because of time, but was excited when I found out that it would soon be on VOD.
I was expecting more of a thriller with some political commentary, and it did have some elements of that, however I would describe it as more of a darkly comedic satire, and a brilliant one at that. It was a commentary on many things: greed, capitalism, lust, gluttony, social class, and much more. It was brilliantly executed in the writing, with moments that are often hilarious, thrilling, or horrifying.
The acting in the film was also phenomenal. Tom Hiddleston was as great as he always is, bringing a sense of charisma to his role. His character is also, more or less, what the audience is experiencing. He is the outsider, as are we. Jeremy Irons and Luke Evans were also phenomenal. Each of them were convincing in their roles, which were nearly polar opposites. Irons makes us believe that his intentions are sincere. Evans draws us into his world, no matter how different and distorted it may be.
The film is also very well-made. The cinematography of the film is absolutely gorgeous. There are symbolic shots galore, including one involving a kaleidoscope. The music selection was also great, as it accented the ongoing satire very well.
I truly loved this movie and do not regret renting it. It costs a bit more than normal day-and-date VOD releases, as it is $9.99, however it is fully worth it. I plan on buying it when it becomes available and watching it many times, as it will undoubtably be one of my favorite movies of the year.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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