“If you’re a fan of old-fashioned gangster movies like me, this twisty, fun new film starring Mark Rylance will probably scratch that itch,” said Christina Newland The i paper. Set in 1950s Chicago, the film features “warring mobs, gunfights, rats and hash marks galore.” The campaign itself is limited to one location: a tailor’s workshop where Rylance, called “English” by customers, goes about his craft. A former tailor on Savile Row, he now makes suits for local gangsters.
When Richie (Dylan O’Brien), the son of mob boss Roy (Simon Russell Beale), shows up at the store one night bleeding from a gunshot wound, English finds himself in the middle of a gang war that turns his store into a robber’s temporary mob headquarters . The script is superb, and while the graphics are bland and some of the cast is a bit inconsistent, the story is “sure to keep viewers hooked.”
“You can wait all year for one great performance from Mark Rylance and then – like double-decker buses – come two,” said Tom Shine The Sunday Times. The actor has been “exalted” as an amateur golfer for the past month. The Phantom of Openness, and in this crime thriller, too, he is “hypnotic”. From the first few frames, when we watch him “make a pot of tea, oil his scissors and start cutting fabric,” you can tell the role was “tailor-made” for him.
Yes, Rylance is in “quietly convincing” form, Matthew Bond said The Post on Sunday, but its performance doesn’t save this scenic film from its many flaws. For one, the plot revolves around “conviction”; secondly, there are simply “too many British actors playing Americans”. Directorial debut Graham Moore’s “single-set thriller” is a “bold experiment,” but unfortunately one that “doesn’t quite work.”
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