Year Released: 2015
Main Stars: Kate Beckinsale , Ben Kingsley , Jim Sturgess , Jason Flemyng , Michael Caine
Review Date: December 2015
Last watched: December 2015
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD
“We’re all mad Dr. Newgate. Some are simply not mad enough to admit it.”
Don’t think big, think small with an amazing set. There’s also a lot of names – a litany of British actors – but still a feeling of slightly off the wall, almost independent movie.
Mad in the 1800s, what’s not to love? Really good, strong people both in the cast and the characters, and a lot of effort has gone into the back stories so you always feel there’s more to find out, never quite sure you’ve sussed it fully.
Totally submersive and with only a hint of no-that-would-never-happen, there’s a kind of stage-theatre feel about the scenes and in many ways that’s what gives the eerie quality. Not quite real, not quite fake, which is it?
Ben is outstandingly cast, Kate shows a more quiet, frail side than normal and is still immensely attractive (just me?), Michael is fun but more a walk-on role and the others all emboss themselves out of the screen rather than flat on a page. A cast that is well equipped to show off any director’s dream.
So yes, a ‘nice’ horror with good cast and excellent locations and costumes and enough little twisty bits with something’s-going-to-happen moments!
Watch if on TV?
Snog, Marry, Avoid?