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Beresford, adapting Joyce Cary's 1939 novel, looks at the psychological relationships inherent in colonialism with some subtlety.
Beresford and writer William Boyd have delivered a film strangely devoid of emotion and lacking a clear point of view.
The film works well as far as it goes, but some of the story's emotional power is denatured or lost.
No great friend of colonialism, Beresford makes his point without losing sight of either history or its mostly unsung heroes.
Although this colonial satire has intelligent aims, it's always a degree or two off the mark.
I have seen "Mister Johnson" two times, and both times I admired its sense of time and place, and the thoughtful performances of Eziashi, Brosnan and Woodward.
Eziashi delivers an exquisite performance.
To both the humane Rudbeck, intelligently played by Pierce Brosnan, and the abusive drunkard Gollup, Johnson is a cipher.
This just doesn't really work, but then, neither did the novel.
A richly nuanced and well-acted screen version of Joyce Cary's 1839 novel.
Issues of race and racism here are as vague as they were in Driving Miss Daisy, and you are left with the impression Beresford is happy to dodge the issues he dabbles with.
A standout performance by Maynard Eziashi in the title role
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