Expert direction, acting, writing.
He's always great in everything.
He's excellent dealing with his Northern Ireland demons, and there is a great relationship/chemistry with Reid. I also like the ambiguity about how much she knows about Marsan's exploitation. Goes a little awry after that and the parallel plot with Garai is hokum and pointless.
Eddie Marsan‚(TM)s performance is breathtaking. As an actor who‚(TM)s CV is filled with supporting roles, he takes center stage with a natural flare, conveying Frank‚(TM)s post-traumatic stress in a way that is perfectly subtle. It felt truthful and not at all forced, and I felt sympathy for him. He was easily likable.
To counter this, the story introduces Danny (Tom Sturridge), Lynette‚(TM)s drug-dealing boyfriend. Sturridge didn‚(TM)t just create a standard, run of the mill villain, which is also credit to director Tinge Krishnan. He created a character that we felt sorry for, as Sturridge created someone who we understood, making it clear why his character, who I don't think was a bad person, was doing what he did. He was just stuck in a bad situation, desperate to get out. This storyline also strengthened the relationship between Frank and Lynette, as we see Frank as someone who can protect her and save her from the world that she has found herself in.
If you see one film this year, make it Junkhearts. It is refreshing to see such an honest film, and the cast are exceptional. 5 stars.
Over-acted, over-stated, and badly written - though it is shot well, which is a shame.
Junkhearts solely because I'm a big fan of Eddie Marsan and wanted to see him in a lead role, as I think he's a fantastic actor with a great range and a lightness of touch. As expected Eddie Marsan was fantastic, here playing an ex-solider, and brought a freshness to quite a now archetypal character. Familiar as this archetype is, the character is normally played out in a flat depressed state that flies off the handle at a moments notice. Instead the director Tinge Krishnan chooses to create a distance between the character of Frank and everybody else, in terms of the acting, the cropped framing, the use of negative space, and specific points of focus, which works really effectively. Within
Junkhearts we are also introduced to newcomer Candese Reid, who was found at Nottingham's Television Workshop ‚" famous for Paddy Considine and the This Is England cast. Her character Lynette works her way under
Frank's emotional barrier, fully realised in a spine-tingling scene where Frank cracks his first smile we've seen, bathed in gorgeous sun light. The performances of Frank and Lynette felt truthful and authentic and I felt sympathetic to each character and that's a testament to the director. Furthermore, the execution of the script really engaged me throughout. It was incredibly shot by Catherine
Derry, I loved the self-defence/dance scene seeped in sunflare, the lovely bokeh in the bar scene with Shaun Dooley and Romola Garai, the bleak scenes in and around the tower block and lifts, the uncomfortable framing with Eddie when he's having flashbacks, the lovely slow-motion when he dances, and I loved the practical lighting, and the strip lighting inside the flat. If you like the work of Lynne Ramsay, Andrea
Arnold, Mike Leigh, and Shane Meadows, Junkhearts could be right up your street. One to watch in 2012.