Don Hemingway Review
While Jude Law shines, the script is his own worst enemy here as he takes the dialogue above what it’s worth. Here the performances elevate the material.
Title: Dom HemingwayMPAA Rating: RDirector: Richard ShepardStarring: Jude Law, Emilia Clarke, Richard E. GrantRuntime: 1 hr 33 mins
Dom Hemingway is one of the world’s finest safe crackers, and if you ask him… the finest. However, he’s just gotten finished with a 12-year stint for not ratting on crime boss Ivan Fontaine, who is indebted to Dom for his service. Sadly while he was in jail, Dom’s daughter became an adult, and a mother and his loving wife got with another man before dying of cancer. All of these actions have made Dom a bitter bitter man, one hell bent on getting his money and possibly driving himself into a coma.
What We Think
Law goes on ahead and feast on every scene he’s in, but the supporting cast isn’t all that strong. Outside of Clarke who shows us a side we don’t see of Game of Thrones (and considering that show there isn’t many sides we haven’t seen) her scorned anger toward her father is palpable. Richard Grant’s Dickie is also an interesting character. I just feel like there was no explanation of his history with Dom, nor any other pertinent info on him so he lacked importance.
Our Grade: C-
While Jude Law shines the script is his own worst enemy here as he takes the dialogue above what it’s worth. Here the performances elevate the material. Some interesting shots can’t cover for the milk toast writing and loose ends that Shepard doesn’t bother to tie up. Dom Hemingway opened in 2013 in EXTREMELY limited release (4 theaters to count).
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