We were lucky enough to be a the premiere of Brighton Rock at the Duke of York Cinema on Wednesday evening ....as you can imagine the atmosphere in the theatre was electric -but as the first scene opened onto the screen the mood went from high spirits and applause , to complete silence as the audience were drawn into a dark and disturbing gangland world set in a 1960s Brighton. The cinematography is grainy and atmospheric, The sound track has a strange almost religious feel to it which adds to the sense of unease as you struggle to come to terms with the evil that can exist in fellow human <more>
beings. The script and characters are very true to the book and the 1960s' setting works perfectly. In my opinion, this is one the best British films I have seen in many years.!
Seems peoples views are very polarised on this one, I loved it. It's been a long time since i read the novel, never seen the original but this had the atmosphere of brooding, contained menace i remember in the novel.There was a time when all we uk could put out was period or gangster flicks and if either appeal go see this. Acting to me was superb with the only exception being Serkis' usually excellent slightly hammy gangster boss. Pinkie's sociopathic character is magnetic on screen with just the faintest trace of humanity appearing only to be wiped out with a sneer - You <more>
wonder what Rose sees in him but not to the extent that their doomed relationship is unbelievable. The scene with her Father is so nuanced and helps you rationalise it.It's a kind of Anti- Romeo and Juliet, love is a luxury the desperate can't afford or even understand, or a character study of the damned or even just a gripping, well shot detective yarn. Regardless it's another great showcase of British acting, the 60's setting seemed a rational convincing and gorgeously filmed adaptation and the story and epilogue linger in the mind where more romantic fare might not.
As I was reading reviews of other viewers, it seemed that people are obsessed with the original 1947 movie. That doesn't really make very much sense. If you are truly attached to a classic movie, why bother watching a remake that by it's nature can't compete with the original. I would never watch a remake of a classic as, for example " Manchurian Candidate". You will not be able to outdo the masterpiece, so why do it? I quite enjoyed this movie. Beautifully filmed and perfectly acted film noir, set in the eventful 60's, but with the afterthought of these mind numbing <more>
times. This parable about temptation and sin, passion and guilt, belongs to a different era when the greedy and the wicked actually had some conscience left. The new monsters are missing that part completely. Talking about good old days...
While Brighton Rock is receiving a certain amount of stick geddit? from critics and reviewers who want to solely compare it to the original - I for one was lost in this - it's evocative, dark, broody, and a nice angsty character study of post-war Britain going hell for leather into the 60s.This is a film about anger and loss, about opportunity and ambition, and crime - and the elements that Graham Greene satirized so brilliantly in his novel are there - the Catholicism post-Evelyn Waugh, the rise of the working-class with money, and above all, desperate lonely early 20s love.All in all, <more>
the production values, the cameos, the central roles are more than competent - this is a very good British film, and it should be allowed 50 years on to stand on its on. There are a number of excellent iconic scenes, from the scooters, to the bosses; and we liked that it's not just about petty crime or gangs, there's a lot going on here - it's nowhere near in any sense a bad film, and deserves a good audience.
I am not good at long reviews but I didn't see the original or read the book. Therefore I am judging this as a movie in itself rather than comparing it to the original. I thought it was excellent, the drab interiors, the plain simplicity of Rose, so well acted and the sadness in her innocence, all made this quite emotional for me. Helen Mirren was a delight to the eye, so beautiful, wrinkles and all. No cosmetic surgery there. I think they did a good job of making Brighton 1960s and sensibly only showed one CGI shot of the West pier, rather than trying to re-create what it looked like. It <more>
held my attention throughout and I very nearly cried at the end. Sad its getting bad reviews. Perhaps it was too British for some people.
Excellent overall, shame about the ending (by hopek-1)
I went to see this film with some trepidation. The original Graham Greene novel is very good and one of my favourites. The original film from 1947 was also extremely good, with Richard Attenborough as an unlikely but splendid villain. However this version was excellent. The fact that it had been updated to the 60s, which had worried me a little, worked well. Of course it did not have the period feel, but the aggression, violence and fighting for territory of the Mods and Rockers which I remember well echoed beautifully the behaviour of the gangsters and gave the opportunity for some very <more>
effective scenes visually. The acting I found completely plausible, with Phill Davies, John Hurt, Sam Riley and Andrea Riseborough all giving authentic portrayals. Helen Mirren, perhaps, looked a little too glamorous physically, but her acting was fine. Brighton itself was a wonderful additional character in all this. The contrast between the somewhat mindless hedonism of the holiday makers and the violent and ugly activities of the underworld was extremely effective and the use of the landscape beautiful and horrific in equal measure. The theme of sin, guilt and Catholicism was probably not dealt with as interestingly as in the novel, but that is a frequent limitation of the medium of film. Why on earth the makers of the film felt that they were entitled to "improve" on Graham Greene's ending I do not know. But it did not spoil my overall judgement that this was a very good film. I hope it will inspire those who have not already done so to read the novel.