Chris has moved on with his life, and matured, but Tony doesn't seem to wanna grow up, ever. Instead he wants to bring Chris down with him, so he can have a friend while he goes on his journey to emptiness and despair. The acting isn't terrible, in all fairness it's the high point of the film and argueably the only reason to see this movie in the first place, but on the other hand, the erotically arousing sex scenes, which are profuse could be another and justifiable reason as well. Overall an uninteresting look at bliss during an interesting period of time and an interesting view of the past during a turbulent marriage.
:rotten: 1.5/4 stars
One for the future: Emily Watson
Stand-out scene: Confessional bath scene
Brainer or no-brainer: Brainer
Stands up to one viewing or repeated?: One
DVD commentary any good?: n/a
The Metroland of the title refers to both the commuter belt of London and the Paris tube system, this movie jumping between both regions throughout. Christian Bale stars as a London suit in the Seventies who recalls his post-school bohemian lifestyle when his best friend from school Toni (Lee Ross - Dodger off of Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest) reappears in his life. Toni is still living the free and easy life of the Sixties, trying to make it as a poet and passes scorn on Chris' safe suburban life - married with a baby. As a period piece it contains some interesting touches (Asda's logo in the Seventies, for instance) and Chris' time in Paris as a burgeoning photographer is effectively depicted. Emily Watson followed up her debut in Breaking the Waves with this film and shows early promise in her portrayal as Chris' wife. Often ponderously scripted, you've predicted the film's conclusion before the second half is underway and the shallowness of Toni's life is never really examined. Worth watching, but only the once.