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- The Limehouse Golem review by NP
This is a sumptuous, beautifully produced period horror drama. It reminds me of the kind of carefully crafted historical chillers the BBC sometimes produces for the autumn audience, the like of which receives acceptable ratings against the talent show dross elsewhere on mainstream television, and receives complaints from the cavilling general public for being ‘too dark’.
I love it: the smoky charnel houses, the rain and waste-strewn cobbles, the dim light, class divides, penny dreadfuls, pox-ridden low-lives, music hall drabs, salty gags, cockney peelers, pea-soupers and the streets of London ‘running red with blood.’
Dan Leno (Douglas Booth), a kind of Victorian Russell Brand, takes an avuncular interest in young Elizabeth Cree (Olivia Cooke), who is under suspicion for murdering her husband. Inspector John Kildare (Bill Nighy in a role originally taken by the late Alan Rickman) has evidence that her husband may be the legendry murderer ‘the Limehouse Golem’, and is determined to save Elizabeth from a date with the gallows.
There are those who say Bill Nighy only ever plays himself. I think there is truth to this, but when you have cornered the market so brilliantly, why step outside of it? Here, he is exceptional as always as the Inspector, with much support from the excellent Daniel Mays as Constable George Flood. In a small role Damien Thomas (Count Karnstein in Hammer’s 1971 ‘Twins of Evil’) plays heavily bearded Soloman Veil. Maria Valverde is wonderful as the arch Aveline Ortega.
A terrific twisted, twisty tale admirably directed by Juan Carlos Medina. Well worth your time.
11 out of 13 members found this review helpful.
- The Limehouse Golem review by MR
After reading the reviews from others I was reasonably looking forward to seeing it with my partner and father. All of us found this film muddled with storylines darting off here and there but not really contributing much to the main story.
Also timelines went back and forth which I don't have a problem with normally however with the other muddled stories going on we found this added to the confusion of the film.
What a waste of good sets, period costumes, and Bill Nighy. It could have been so much better but I felt it tried to be too clever.
Although my father is elderly ... he still has a sharpish mind and commented that the film was "A waste of time. I had to agree.
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful.
- The Limehouse Golem review by JB
Loved this film, cliff hanger to the end! cast were super and the story riveting. Well worth watching, might want to see it again sometime!
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.