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The Crying Game: (DVD)
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The Crying Game: (DVD)
Date: 15/02/12, updated on 15/02/12 (110 review reads)
Advantages: Brilliantly acted and directed, good story, realistic, down to earth
RUNNING TIME: Approx. 112 mins
DIRECTOR/SCREENPLAY: Neil Jordan
PRODUCER: Stephen Woolley
MUSIC: Anne Dudley
Stephen Rea as Fergus/Jimmy
Forest Whitaker as Jody
Jaye Davidson as Dil
Miranda Richardson as Jude
Adrian Dunbar as Maguire
FILM ONLY REVIEW
When a small group of IRA terrorists lures English soldier Jody into a trap and captures him, Fergus, who is put in charge of guarding him, strikes up a sort of a forbidden friendship with the prisoner. However, the day comes when Jody must be shot and the job falls onto Fergus. Jody manages to escape, but is killed when he accidentally walks into the path of a British army tank.
The British troops then invade the remote cottage premises the IRA group are hiding out in, yet Fergus manages to escape and makes his way to London with the aim of finding Jody's girlfriend in order to look after her, as had been Jody's final request.
Once in London, Fergus changes his name to James and tracks down Dil, Jody's girlfriend, who works as a hairdresser and socialises at a sleazy club.
Things then take a dramatic and unexpected path of twists and turns for Fergus/Jimmy as he becomes more embroiled in Dil's unconventional world, and....the unfinished business he left behind in Ireland returns to haunt him.
That sets the plot loosely...to learn more, I suggest you watch this intriguing film for yourself.
The Crying Game, which I watched for the first time very recently, took me completely by surprise. I'd never heard or read anything about it, and the opening scene which involves Jody and Jude having fun in a fairground...although it caught my attention due to the way it is presented...didn't prepare me at all for what was to happen next, and for me that is a good thing as I love a strong element of the unexpected.
I found myself being deeply drawn into this film right from the start and can honestly say that my attention didn't waver for even one nano-second throughout, right up until the closing credits.
There is a strong contrast present, that being between the cold-blooded viciousness of Fergus/Jimmy's IRA colleagues, yet with he himself showing in a laid-back way that he had a heart, although when necessary, could force himself to be equally callous.
Then the surprises arrive once Fergus/Jimmy settles in London and befriends Jody's girlfriend, Dil. I must admit that I did anticipate and guess what the big twist would be fairly early on in the film, but such didn't spoil any of my enjoyment.
Everybody acted their parts superbly, but my own personal favourite is the beautiful, gorgeous Stephen Rea (well he was beautiful and gorgeous then) as Fergus/Jimmy. I loved his accent, loved his quiet demeanour and what at root turns out to be a nature that overall is kinder than that possessed by his IRA colleagues, and I feel he played this part with a depth and sensitivity that had me totally transfixed.
At first, I was a bit unsure about Jaye Davidson's portrayal of oddball Dil, but as the film progressed, I feel his acting abilities came to the fore, equally matching Stephen Rea's outstandingly beautiful performance. The pair worked so very well together, making perfection of two roles which quite possibly could have been pretty difficult to throw themselves into.
The Crying Game did tug at my heart strings a bit here and there, but not in a sloppy, sentimental way, as the whole film is presented intelligently in a matter-of-fact, down-to-earth what you see is what you get way.....and, I did smile a little smile at one or two points which were not hysterically funny, but borderline wryly amusing.
I would find it difficult to understand where anyone is coming from who hasn't been captivated by this thriller/drama which is so very well put together and brilliantly acted, containing not one single dull moment. There is some violence in The Crying Game which could be considered at least moderately disturbing, due to the realistic way it is presented and it being pretty much hands-on. Also the film does contain quite a lot of swearing in the dialogue, but that isn't a problem for me so long as it's not done just for the sake of it - in this instance, it perfectly enhances the sense of realism.
I really want to watch The Crying Game again as although I was riveted to the screen from start to finish, I am left with a feeling that there is perhaps more to it than meets the eye on first viewing. I somehow don't think it will be long before I treat myself to a repeat performance of what honestly is one of the very best films I've ever seen.
As a final thought and perhaps somewhat of an aside, it interested me to see that quite a few of the cast members (such as Stephen Rea and Jim Broadbent, whose role was relatively minor in this instance) are actors which the great Mike Leigh regularly uses in his own plays and films....he always chooses the cream of the crop. I believe I am accurately assuming that Mike Leigh had absolutely nothing at all to do with any of the creation of The Crying Game, but it is a film which isn't dissimilar to much of his own work.
My outright recommendation to those who've not seen The Crying Game is...watch it !!!
At the time of writing, The Crying Game can be purchased from Amazon as follows:-
New: from £2.73 to £9.97
Used: from 79p to £8.23
A delivery charge of £1.26 should be added to the above figures.
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Summary: How on earth has this masterpiece previously bypassed me?