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A real disappointment,
This review is from: Exile BBC [DVD] (DVD)Watched this serial anticipating something similar to the peerless 'State of Play', given the director and the presence of John Simm in the lead role. Found it instead to be dull and derivative, and, much as I have admired a lot of Jim Broadbent's previous output, felt he hammed up the portrayal of the Alzheimer's-suffering father.
Simm also disappointed, perhaps as a result of the stereotype he was asked to play, or because he actually has quite a limited range.
Not for me.
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Initial post: 6 Oct 2011 20:15:30 BDT
G. Donaldson says:
John Simm has "a limited range"?? Surely not - in my view he's one of the very best actors around today, truly outstanding.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2012 22:33:52 GMT
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Posted on 12 Mar 2012 22:58:38 GMT
Whilst I respect your right to your opinion regarding Exile (even though I don't happen to share it!) I am quite mystified by your statement that John Simm 'has a limited range' - might I ask whether you have seen any of the following, which I feel demonstrates just the oppostite?
Crime and Punishment - murderer
Cracker - troubled teenager
The Locksmith - drug addict/theif
Sex Traffic - charity worker (a truly harrowing drama)
Blue Orange - Psychiatric worker
Human Traffic - store assistant/party goer!
24 Hour Party People - Bernard Sumner
Life On Mars - Detective
The Yellow House - Vincent Van Gogh
The Devil's Whore - mercenary Edward Sexby
Doctor Who (Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords & The End of Time pts 1 & 2) - insane Time Lord (villain)
Mad Dogs (two series) - ordinary bloke who gets caught up in the holiday from hell....
A HUGE range, and always - but always- emotionally true. And of course I haven't mentioned his stage credits - Elling (ex psychiatric patient) , Speaking in Tongues (Police detective/adulterer) and an electrifying Hamlet (er, Danish Prince...!) in 2010. No, I believe that 'lack of range' is definitely NOT a phrase you can ever truthfully say is true of John Simm... in my considered opinion, of course. :-)
Would be very interested to read any reviews you might care to write if you do view any of the above!
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2012 23:00:39 GMT
I agree, G. Donaldson, 100%!
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2012 09:33:30 GMT
Well, first of all I did praise his work in State of Play, where I thought he was excellent. I also hypothesised that he may have been a victim of typecasting, and offered a limited range only as another possibility.
You have obviously followed him far more closely than me, so are better placed to comment, although he does seem to often play the world weary, rather chippy but usually smoulderingly desirable types, whom women are unable to resist (not that I'm jealous...). I'll look out for some of his other work to see if I can be cured!
Finally, the review is principally of the work in general terms and, despite being a lone voice, I'm comfortable with my assessment that it was a 'by numbers' effort; cliched and lazy, and unworthy of a top notch writer and director.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2012 12:45:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 May 2012 12:47:44 BDT
Hi Brodz, think you probably didn't appreciate what this title was going to be about ...Dementia and how families cope with it .
You'd seen State Of Play [funnily enough no one mention's John's excellent performance way back in the tv series The Lakes]
Do you have experience of this, Alzheimers/ Demetia enough to justify your jaw dropping criticsm of the writer 's efforts ?Cliched and lazy you said ?
Incidentally , now added to John's credits, the role of Jerry in Pinter's Betrayal, just seen at The Crucible ,Sheffield.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2012 15:03:17 BDT
Hi Blueeyes - nice comment! And I've just seen John in 'Betrayal' too - which thought it was brilliant! Excellent performances by all three of the main cast actually. I'd never seen a Pinter play until this, but would like to see more now. Going again next weekend and taking my sister (any excuse for a girly weekend away lol).
I guess Brodz is entitled to his/her opinion re: 'Exile' but thank goodness it's not one shared by the BAFTA panel, since John is up for Best Actor for his role as Tom in 'Exile' - he'll be attending the ceremony which is to be televised tomorrow evening. I'll be rooting for him!
In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2012 18:18:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 May 2012 18:20:37 BDT
Yes, as it happens; my father suffered from it for several years until his death.
Tackling difficult subjects doesn't make you immune from criticism if the result is substandard, which in my opinion it was here.
Posted on 13 Jun 2012 13:53:48 BDT
* Ellie * says:
I have also seen John Simm in Betrayal, he was fabulous. I find him to be an excellent actor, and in this, which I saw when on TV I thought was astounding. Its a brilliant piece of drama, and from what I've seen of people suffering with dementia, this is not a 'hammed up portrayal' in any sense. It's truthful and well observed in many instances. First rate performances from Simm, Colman and of course Broadbent.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2012 18:27:53 BDT
I saw 'Betrayal' too, *Ellie* and have to agree with you. And my 19 year old son was SO impressed with Exile, he said it was "the best piece of drama I've ever seen on TV." I wish I had remembered to tell John that at the stage door a couple of weeks ago...might have made him feel a little better about the BAFTA...
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