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About the Film
From the team behind Sexy Beast comes this potent exploration of the masculine ego at break point, set against the seedy back drop of London's gangster underbelly. Colin Diamond (Ray Winstone) is in agony. Shattered by the bombshell of his wife's (Joanne Whalley) infidelity with a young French waiter. His motley crew of friends – Old Man Peanut (John Hurt), Meredith (Ian McShane), Archie (Tom Wilkinson), and Mal (Stephen Dillane) – kidnap Loverboy, and assemble a kangaroo court so that Colin can restore his manhood with revenge. Loverboy's life is now at stake as Colin wrestles with heartbreak, anger, madness, love and self pity.
Play for today
So long as you have no expectations of this being anything other than a piece of theatre all delivered in one room aside from brief relocation to Ray's home - with all characters getting at least 5 minutes centre-stage - then there's a lot to enjoy about 44 Inch Chest. Granted if you take the 'from the makers of Sexy Beast' literally then you'll be majorly disappointed. This is an exploration of the: pie and chips, loves his mum, doting husband male psyche. Ray Winstone has a 48 hour breakdown and is supported by his mates, who just happen to be a collection of panto villains from the Ronnie and Reggie School for Eastend villains. Top amongst these is the sublime Ian McShane who surely now must get his own series based on loveable roguery - Lovejoy the Twilight Years (Ian could be a Mephistophelean vampire perhaps)!? Tom Wilkinson does well as the beige anorak one of the gang and William Hurt hams it up big style as a proper old eastend Barclays Banker. They act a lot, swear a lot and the only thing missing is Del-boy and Rodders popping round with some jellied eels and a thermos.
Top Geezer Film
To all those reveiws that slate this film, I suggest you do not know the first thing about films. This is a class film, with class actors and class directing. It is not an action film or a gangster flim even though the characters are gangsters of sorts, with murky backrounds. It is a film about how much love can truly hurt on both sides. Ray Winstone plays a man who adores his wife but she is having an affair and decides to leave him. He has a complete breakdown and his mates rally round by kidnapping the 'other' man and holding him hostage and encouraging Ray Winstones character to man up and kill him!!! The language is very fruity so if you're easily offended then you should avoid this film. However, if you enjoy a film full of quality actors having an absolute ball with a quality script then this is a must see.
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