Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir
Written and directed by Richard Shepard
IMDB Rating: 6.2
A simple plot but a remarkable film built upon a beautifully crazy criminal with his one-handed sidekick and a score to settle. A brilliant film built upon a brilliant character. Meet Dom Hemingway.
After spending the last twelve years in prison, Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) is free – and on a mission to reclaim the money he’s owed by Mr. Fontaine (Bichir), while also trying to repair his relationship with his daughter.
The plot is basic, but the characters are pure entertainment. In our last review, the film ‘The Words’, I argued that cinema should be a form of entertainment before it is a form of art, and this film has entertainment in bucket loads! The erratic nature of Dom Hemingway keeps you glued to the screen because you don’t know what he is going to do next. He is one of the most cleverly created characters I’ve seen and credit must go to Richard Shepard for creating this monster. He’s a confident, vein, cocky, arrogant, erratic, poetic, London psycho – and it is a joy to watch. The other criminals all compliment him too, each with their own twisted brand of humour.
Jude Law is excellent as Dom Hemingway – perfectly embodying the madman. I must admit that I didn’t think I had watched a Jude Law film before until looking at his filmography. Turns out I’ve seen his films without really noticing him, but I’m sure that after seeing him in this I’ll pay more attention to what films he is in. Good performances are also given by Richard E. Grant playing Dom’s sidekick, and Demian Bichir playing the guy with Dom’s money.
The script seems incredibly well written by Shepard – the dialogue at some points sounds like it wouldn’t be out of place in a Victorian poem. The shots in this film are good as well. The shots give the movie a lifelike quality which could have been lost due to the wacky nature of the characters.
If there’s one thing we do well in this little country of ours, it’s crime-comedies – and this has to be up there with the best of them. Dom Hemingway is an absolute animal, and inside all of us there’s a little part that either wants to be him or be with him. This has to be one of my favourite crime films, and is definitely the best black-comedy I’ve seen.
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