The Crying Game Reviews
Saw this on 20/11/16
Though it loses steam by the end, The Crying game has a couple of twists (although the twist that it is famous for is too obvious and predictable). It starts one way and goes out another way. Where it succeeds is that, it has a goon or a henchman as its protagonist, a character that would have definitely been just an extra in other films. Actors Stephen Rea and Jaye Davidson perform well in their roles.
Rewatch review: Still amazing on a second watch, tight script and stellar presentation. All around a gripping and absorbing thriller highly recommended
Jody (Forest Whitaker), a British soldier gets seduced into a trap laid by IRS and becomes a hostage where he befriends one of his captors Fergus (Stephen Rea) who mutually responds to the affinity. A day comes when Fergus has to execute Jody but couldn't because of their bonding and Jody makes a run for it realizing that but gets crushed by an incoming tank of the British army who eventually annihilate the IRS camp. Assuming everyone to be dead, Fergus moves to Britain and starts living an anonymous life while looking for Dil (Jaye Davidson), who Jody mentions to be very special and requests Fergus to meet her. Fergus has to cope up with Dil's secret and his past catching up to him.
Performances: Forest Whitaker starts off the proceedings well with a charismatic role with a small screentime that needs to be remembered throughout the movie. The mantle is carried forward excellently by Stephen Rea but the eventual showstopper is a career defining performance by Jaye Davidson as Dil with varying character arcs who is confident yet vulnerable and longing yet stubborn. Also a special mention goes to the bartender who plays an entertaining role. The rest of the actors does a decent job, they may not have layered characterizations but they settle into their roles well.
Filmmaking: From the outset it looks like a slow building drama while the brilliance lies in its writing which brings various themes, story arcs and characters with such smoothness that it takes time to realize that the course of the story has changed from time to time. The director knows his winning moments as he invests enough of his runtime for such scenes which actually lingers on audience minds long after watching the movie. Almost always a conventional successful story is one which makes the audience to look forward to know how it concludes - 'Crying Game' is no different but with its unconventional theme and background it also adds an element of mystery and suspense making it even better. The background score does a great job by staying in the background, it is neither intrusive nor out of key and blends well with the proceedings on the screen.
A slow building multi-layered original drama with beautiful moments and unexpected twists
A Brittish solider on leave is tricked, kidnapped, and held strategically captive. When it is time to eliminate the soldier, he has long been talking to the guy holding him captive. He makes the guy promise him to say goodbye to a "special friend" and then after a weak escape attempt, the guard kills him but tries to fulfill his final wish. When his former partners have suspicion of the guard's actions, he puts the guard and special friend's life at risk.
"It's not in your nature to let me go."
Neil Jordan, director of Ondine, Byzantium, the Brave One, Michael Collins, The Miracle, and numerous episodes of Borgias, delivers The Crying Game. The storyline for this picture is compelling, unique , and well written. The dialogue and acting are both perfect. The cast includes Stephen Rea, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson, and Adrian Dunbar.
"Do you have a special friend, Jimmy?"
"Do you want one?"
This is one of those movies I felt guilty that I had never seen. I found this on Netflix and had to add it to the queue. This was very well done and entertaining. There were so many sub plots and unique elements. This is a must see and all time classic.
"It's alright Jimmy, I can take it, just not on the face."