We Know William Monahan for his great screenplays (Mostly for Martin Scorsese `s The Departed ) . Now ," London Boulevard " is his Directorial Debut and I have to say he has a done a great work .
"London Boulevard" is the story of a man newly released from prison (Mitchel) who falls in love with a reclusive young movie star (Charlotte) and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster (Gant) and...
The Story itself may seem a little Cliched to you . But Monahan`s way for story telling makes this a very entertaining Crime Drama about British Gangsters . If you are a lover of genre , You'll enjoy every minute of it .
Collin Farel Does His best work since " In Bruges " . He is the Lead Character : Mitchel who doesn't want to do his bloody job anymore . Keira Knightly gives a charming performance and David Thewlis is OK . But The Best Performance comes from Ray Winstone (who was also in The Departed as Mr. French) he plays the crime boss Gant who Loves Reading Beautiful Novels and talks to people about the last Poet He has read .
London Boulevard could be a better movie If it had a better ending or more Violence (Like The Departed) but , Very good characters , Cool Music and great Lines makes this one of the best movies I've seen In 2011 .
Keep an eye open for William Monahan`s Next Movie . I want this 50-years old talented screenwriter direct more movies (and even Better Movies ) Who Knows ? Maybe he'll receive another Oscar for Best Director in the future . I hope so .
Verdict + William Monahan`s " London Boulevard " may not be 100% New or Complete , But It`s still a great offer to Modern Crime Stories fans . Seriously , Who cant love a movie with poet-lover criminals ?!