Dom Hemingway (2014)
Dom Hemingway has been in prison for twelve years because he took the fall for his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir). Upon release Dom is determined to live life to its fullest. He sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) to the French country side in order to collect his long anticipated reward from Fontaine. After a near death experience and the loss of his reward money Dom goes to the only person he has left, his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke). Despite things not going initially as he planned Dom still manages to find the joy he was anticipating after being freed from prison.
Dom Hemingway is the perfect mix of comedy and drama that hits all of your senses at once and pushes you into overload in a good kind of way.
Dom Hemingway the man and the movie are eccentric and I enjoyed every minute of it. I think you have to be a little bit crazy to enjoy this film, so I know I definitely qualify. A good comparison would be the films of Quentin Tarantino – edgy, wacky, a little bit messed up and sometimes down right strange but still thoroughly enjoyable. This film is brutal, vulgar and offensive. At the same time it is funny and touching (no not in a sexual way an emotional way). While the two different styles don’t often mix Jude Law manages to meld them together seamlessly into the single character of Dom Hemingway. Law’s performance is brilliant. He carries the film the entire way without ever faltering.
Law needs to carry the film because nothing else much is. Half way through I found myself wondering where on earth is this story going. The plot is like jello, it bounces around and takes on various shapes and forms so that you really aren’t sure what it is but you love the taste. That is Dom Hemingway.
Honestly based on the opening scene I didn’t think I would like the movie. When a film slaps you in the face from second one with so much vulgar your instinct is to leave, don’t. Dom Hemingway may be vulgar but it was a enjoyable film and Jude Law’s performance is definitely worth enduring all the downsides of it.
8/10 Stars – Not normally my kind of film but vulgarity + heart + Jude Law somehow = good film!
If I didn’t know any better, I would have said this movie was directed by Guy Ritchie (but it’s not.) It has grit, vulgarity, Brits, smoking and men with giant egos. Does this combo make for a good movie? I’m not sure actually… Dom Hemingway is a strange one to wrap my head around. There are aspects I love and there are aspects that I could have done without. There are plenty of moments that made me think, “Why is this scene in this movie?” Some of the scenes are just crazy happenings that tell a story and some of the scenes are important enough to tie things together. I think that if it weren’t for Jude Law, this movie would have bored me, but Law puts on a show. He immerses himself in the role to the point that you forget it’s Jude Law and you believe that Dom Hemingway is a real person. He is great and a total asshole! Jude Law doesn’t make bad movies and for that I will say this movie is better than it is worse, especially once you make it all the way through, but keep in mind this movie is a strange journey.
6/10 Stars – Without Jude Law, this movie is weak, but boy does he put on a show!
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