Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...
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Matthew Vaughn has a superb track record as far as I'm concerned. And with Layer Cake he has done something quite extraordinary. He has made a gangster movie I enjoyed a lot. And that just doesn't happen very often.
Guy Ritchie headed the renaissance of the British gangster film with Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels. He gave the genre a face and that's it. While that style was interesting in the beginning, it was just that, there was not much else to it. Copied in many other films (most often in Richie's own), to me it quickly became repetitive and boring. My mistake, which turned out to be a blessing…
Matthew Vaughn is not a name that comes to our mind when we are arguing about the best contemporary directors, but that should change, immediately. After Bruges, I spent two nights in the Dutch city of Amesterdam, so I thought I should watch a film that had that city as its background and Layer Cake seemed to be the best option of the small range of choices, even though it didn't really show the city that much because the film was not even located in Netherlands, but in England. I actually liked the film, but my experience with it was strange, to say the least.
Layer Cake is one of the most acclaimed British crime films, a "genre" that hardly…
Easter Sunday saw the family go out for a lovely lunch and after a few beers and a nap it was time to sit down last night to consider the movie watching treat for the night. My wife however had one of those looks on her face that suggested it was Daniel Craig or nothing and as she perused the Blu Ray shelves, I feared it would be Skyfall for the 100th time.
Layer Cake as everyone knows is the Mathew Vaughn directed gangster flick that cemented Daniel Craig as a bona fide star. It has some great performances among a cast with some real class and although it does have a slight nudge and a wink towards Guy Ritchie's…
It's a shame that Matthew Vaughn hasn't directed anything since this, his debut, that has even slightly interested me because on the basis of this, I'm sure the films he has made are probably very good. Layer Cake certainly was.
The British gangster movie genre is one that quickly became derided after the release of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, and with some justification. It has given way to a raft of truly dreadful films, all trying to ape the success of Guy Ritchie's breakout film. How bizarre it is, then, that it took one of his collaborators on Lock, Stock And Two Smoking…
Mathew Vaughn's stylish directing is on full display here, Daniel Craig's performance is acceptable, the opening minutes to the film was great, and the score is stupendous, but Layer Cake does suffer from some massive problems.
During some moments during Layer Cake, I was very uninterested due to the fact that a vast majority of the dialogue was pretty lackluster. The movie also does get convoluted, but I would be lying if I didn't say I liked this movie.
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Twenty minutes into Layer Cake, there's a magic moment when some hyper, moustachioed muppet is jabbering in Daniel Craig's ear, talking about the Duke, slobsome shell-suit wearer extraordinaire: “Charisma, he's fuckin' got it...you can't deny it...” Craig sits still and pinstriped, silently ruling the space with his arm stretched along the back of the sofa, gazing straight at the camera with those blue crystal eyes. We know the director means those words about Craig, and, yes, this guy looks like the next fucking Bond alright.
He is the guy who can sort it all out. At every blasted Murphy's law twist of the plot, for a few minutes he's exactly fazed enough to be…
Vaughn's enjoyable take on the world of up starters. He doesn't seem to bring anything new to the genre but takes what the genre has and gives everything he has to make it work. And the result is something extremely enjoyable. This actually seems to be the pattern of how Vaughn works. In Layer Cake we can clearly see Guy Ritchie's influence; after all Vaughn has been one of the producer in Ritchie's early films. But Vaughn doesn't play around with visual style as strongly as Richie, he leaves that almost completely out and it's good, Richie on the other hand doesn't know when to stop. In every film that Vaughn has worked, he has made sure that it's an…
"The King is dead. Long live the King."
It's a little strange to think people first seeing this wouldn't have associated Craig as Bond. But you can definitely see from certain aspects of his performance how it led to that.
Layer Cake is a really slick, well edited film with a story and narrative complex enough to be interesting but basic enough that I feel smart for being able to follow it. That's always a nice balance.
Basically, it's a spy-espionage film set in the underground drug world, and that's definitely my favourite part about it. You feel like these different parties are agencies with double agents, intel gathering, and black op mission, and you are trying to work out who to root for when really they are all just drug dealing scum. Love it.
Matthew Vaughn is officially a film god.
Not the genius masterpiece I remember from "my youth," but pretty damn good.
Strong debut for director Matthew Vaughn and lead Daniel Craig. Very bold storytelling.
I'm pretty much done with straight gangster movies, this one puts a twist on most things. There are a few nice visual flares, but to be honest it was too boring.
Surprised its taken me this long to finally watch. Great gangster flick. Totally didn't recognise Sally Hawkins and Ben Whishaw till late one. Was expecting more Sienna Miller though.
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After looking through my Recommendations For A Novice Film Viewer list, I have thought for some time to make a…