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You may be shocked by your own reactions to "what Richard did," but you won't soon forget the movie in which he did them.
Abrahamson's penetrating film asks - and does not answer - whether one viciously criminal moment is an aberration, or whether it reveals the weak, shabby person who was there all along.
Mr. Reynor's portrayal of this man-child is an extraordinary screen performance in which his face registers all the conflicting emotions gripping Richard. We see every layer of him, from the scared inner child to the suave, entitled ladies' man.
[Feels] like a Bergman homage without earning the clunky label "Bergmanesque."
A satisfyingly knotted moral fable with some very memorable performances, including a fine piece of charismatic brooding from Reynor.
A low-key but compelling morality tale.
What Richard Did is undeniably a strong, at times powerful exploration of crime and punishment.
Where Abrahamson is beyond reproach, and, in fact quite masterly, is in the film's forensic dissection of its middle-class milieu.
As smoothly shot as a classy ad, slow-moving and short on spark, What Richard Did compels with its sensitivity and technical diligence, but crawls along in terms of onscreen energy and narrative tension.
[What Richard Did is] the most conventional work [Lenny] Abrahamson has produced so far, yet still markedly different from comparable teen pics.
Newcomer Jack Reynor gives a startling, star-making performance in the slow-burn Irish drama What Richard Did... Consider this indie his Queens Boulevard, if you will.
Isn't shocking in obvious ways, preferring to stun the audience with an authentic atmosphere of guilt and indecision, investing in the frustration of delayed response over unapologetic manipulation.
Strikingly acted and impressively made film that for me stood alongside narratively similar films like Mean Creek and, especially, Paranoid Park, exploring how one moment can change someone irrevocably on the inside (though perhaps not on the outside). Jack Reynor is outstanding.
Based on True Events centering on the youth of Modern Day Ireland, 'What Richard Did' is a fine intelligent and absorbing drama, following the tough times of an adolescent involved in a violent incident that may change him forever. The film never over exaggerates its bleak tones among its smooth scripting, deft editing and fine performances from such a gifted cast. Highly recommened for the most persistant viewer in search of realistic drama on such a suttle and refreshing scale.
Have not seen any of the previous film of Lenny Abrahamson, or seen Jack Reynor acting before, but having watched 'What Richard Did' I will be looking out for the follow up work of both of them. From the wonderful character description and built up, to the gut wrenching second part of the film, this is a gripping study of a young man's moral code which is challenged on the face of adversity.
This Irish feature seems to aim for the ice-cold detachment of Bruno Dumont but ultimately comes off more like a well performed after-school special. It's title character is a popular young Dublin rugby player who accidentally kills another teen in a drunken brawl. Director Lenny Abrahamson opts for the usual easy targets wheeled out by conservatives, (drinking, underage sex, foreign influences) rather than exploring the dog-eat-dog culture of it's South Dublin middle-class setting. Jack Reynor is impressive in the title role but it's a film that feels indecisive rather than ambiguous.
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