Wonderfully wacky and compelling. The scene where Grandad takes the two boys out on the town, ending up at a dogfight, had me hooting with laughter. As ever Wes Anderson's visual style lends the film a surreal beauty which is somehow lifelike and dreamlike at the same time. Worth watching for Royal Tenenbaum's epitaph in the closing scene but so much to enjoy before this.
Superb. Tom Hardy's central performance is riveting, especially as he never moves from his car seat. However he brilliantly portrays the shifting emotions of a man trying to salvage his entire life and career from a single mistake while forced to make a car journey. The scene near the end when his son describes the football match which he should have been watching with his family and he realises the true magnitude of what he has lost is heart-wrenching. A shout-out too for some great vocal performances from those he is phoning and for some inventive cinematography, direction and editing which mean the film is never visually dull.
Anchored by a fabulous performance by Maxine Peake, this is a very rewarding watch. The struggle of women in abusive relatonships has been done before but is handled here in a way which captures the bleak rawness without sensationalising things. Peake's strength in the face of this is admirable but she also show the emotional cost in a woman who can't accept true love. Throw in an alcoholic mother, a suicidal ex-comic and the toxic nature of the humour of the time and you have a kitchen sink drama with knobs on.