Creeping into our consciousness all of a sudden as one of the leading actors of the day is this Tom Hardy fellow.
Loved him earlier this year in a one man tour de force, “Locke.”
And he sizzles again as bartender Bob in this atmospheric crime potboiler, “The Drop.”
He carries the film, which is surprising. Because, this is James Gandolfini’s last cinematic endeavor, and he’s as nuanced and marvelous as ever as the resentful guy who used to own the bar, but lost it to the Chechen mob.
I really liked this movie. For more reasons why, listen up.
Do you wonder if I’ve lost all the marbles, clanking about in my head? Or, if I’ve actually got a nice little tale to tell about a sublime moment that happened last week? Something you’ll find fascinating?
I hope it’s the latter. If so, your indulgence for a few minutes while listening to last Saturday’s exposition from my weekly gig with James on FPK 91.9 shall be well served.
Is your curiosity peaked? (Or, should that read, “peeked?”)
Looking at the title of my essay, presented this Saturday past on FPK 91.9, you might wonder — legitimately so — what my need for a new washing machine and the big issues plaguing society have in common?
I understand your confusion.
But, if you listen to this brilliantly thought through, brilliantly reasoned, brilliantly constructed and brilliantly delivered — if I do say so myself — radio essay, you will understand how it all comes together, and illuminates as if a fireball of enlightenment across the evening sky.
Many of you shall probably consider it worthy of a standing O, even if you have listened alone at your computer station.
One of the great treasures in actordom these days, a fellow we appreciate but don’t talk about a lot, is Brendan Gleeson.
In “Calvary,” he plays the priest in one of those postcard picturesque Irish towns. In the opening scene he takes confession from one of the locals, who says he’s going to kill the priest in a week’s time as retribution for sexual abuse he suffered when young, from another, now dead member of the clergy.
There are lots of local eccentrics here. But never too many.
There are lots of big issues dealt with here. But the film never spins out of control.
“Calvary,” much lighter than the plot synopsis above would indicate, is a keeper. For more reasons why, listen up.