Where to start in the fulsome praise I intend to heap on this film? The script is inventive, intelligent and original. The cast is wonderful, and yes, Eva Green CAN act! Not just look pretty! Lesser actresses could have turned her character/s into annoying caricatures, but she infuses them with a life and dignity which makes them tragic and compelling. Bernard Hill could bring dignity and gravitas to a live-action Tom and Jerry movie, and as always is excellent. Even pretty-boy American Ryan Phillipe turns in the performance of a lifetime, and not just because he wears a mask for most of the movie!
The production design is remarkable, on a par with Gilliam at his best. Photography beautiful, giving even the most squalid locations a tinge of loss, portent and savage beauty.
Most movies could do with 10-20 minutes cut out of them, blockbusters generally 30-45 minutes, but the only criticism I have of this one is that it felt too damn short. And it's BRITISH! Yes folks, made in the UK!
Plot wise, it's four interwoven stories about tragedy and loss woven together finally in contemporary London, but that doesn't do it justice. Some may argue the ending is ambiguous, but for me it was Capraesque in its life affirming quality.
It's the greatest movie produced this century so far. Buy it.
Buy it now.
You'll never regret it.
Buy it. Go on, review's over. Buy! Now!