*SPOILER FREE REVIEW*
As always, I will start this post with an apology for my absence to my 2 readers… This summer has been a crazy one, I worked an amazing job at an exciting “film casting related” company and moved house twice. Today I will be enrolling into my new University. But before any of that starts, I needed to get to the cinema, it had been too long. I think I’ve been twice over the last 6 weeks or something.
So I went to see the new Bill Nighy drama, The Limehouse Golem. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much, but thanks to one of my best friends I am getting much better at going into films with an open mind, so that’s what I did.
The film is set in 1800’s London and follows D.I Kildare (Nighy) as he tries to unveil a series of murders that have taken place. It’s a good old fashioned murder inspection film with detail to gore and interesting characters. I was very impressed with the casting, I usually don’t speak particularly highly of Douglas Booth however in this film he really blew me away. He was incredible, I don’t think I’ve ever seen him dedicate himself so much to a role. Olivia Cooke was also brilliant, she lead the cast perfectly and her character development was impressive. And just a quick shout-out to Daniel Mays who plays the D.I’s assistant copper, I always love Mays in everything he’s done and it was really nice to see him get a big role in something totally different. The story is full of twists and turns and some big surprises. I loved the script, the dialogue was fast paced and kept you wanting more.
Just a quick final note to the production designers of the film, this is a nerdy film student thing to have noticed, but there really are some stunning shots throughout. The use of lighting is perfect, I couldn’t help noticing the use of silhouettes and how powerful they are. They really captured the eerie-ness of London in that era, from the people living in poverty to the grand home of the Creeds, it really is stunning.
I’m happy to say (as you can probably tell) I really loved this film, it was perfect for a gloomy Sunday afternoon. If you want to see a good old fashioned British drama, this is the one for you.