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55th BFI London Film Festival: Wreckers
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Today was the World Premiere of Benedict Cumberbatch's new film, Wreckers. It is the debut feature from Dictynna Hood and is billed as a haunting tale of secrets and lies in the English countryside. It is here:

Photo credit: http://benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/wreckers-photos/

To cut to the chase, I fell in love with this film. The title credits rolled and I immediately wanted to see the film again to take in all the subtleties and the nuances in the acting, the direction, and the film-making generally. It was a truly beautiful and deeply moving film.

This film, like all great films, will obviously mean different things to different people and speak to different people on different levels. For me personally, the focus of the film was the marriage between Dawn (Claire Foy) and David (Benedict Cumberbatch), and the relationship between the two brothers, David (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Nick (Shaun Evans). I also loved a couple of the underyling themes of the film which questioned how much you can ever truly know another person, even if that person is your partner/spouse, and hidden family secrets (skeletons in the closet always interest me!).

I thought that the portrayal of the marriage by both Claire and Benedict was very convincing. The film is a very intimate portrayal of a marriage, up close and personal, told from the point of view of both the people involved in the relationship. You completely identify with both Dawn and David, you feel for them and you care about them, and you get to know their motivations, their aspirations and their associated insecurities. The infidelity in the film is treated very sympathetically and the film also shows the pain that infidelity causes not just to the person being betrayed but also to the person committing the betrayal.

The relationship between the brothers is shown in all its complexity, and the film leaves many questions ambiguous, in that you are never entirely sure whose version of events is the correct one, if there is a "correct" version at all. I loved the way that David was so protective of, and caring towards, his brother Nick, and I loved the realistic and believable manner in which Shaun conveyed post-traumatic stress syndrome for a soldier and mental health issues generally. His pain and trauma was 100% believable, as was David's care, concern and support.

The emotion that Benedict manages to convey in this piece through his eyes and his face, especially his pain in certain situations, is mind blowing. I loved it!

One strong message that I took away from the film, a message that I really believe in, and a message that is very positive and speaks to my heart, is that if you really and truly love someone, you will want to make them happy and you will do anything to make them happy, regardless of the personal cost to yourself and your ego. David does something truly unselfish in this film (very unusual in a man!) to try and ensure that his wife Dawn is happy and fulfilled.

What I will say, off the back of Third Star and Wreckers, is that I much prefer to see Benedict in small independent British films with a real heart and soul, often with a first time Director whose passion is their first film and telling that particular story, rather than in star-studded big budget Hollywood fare such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (TTSS). His performance in these films and in Stuart is on a totally different level to TTSS. His eyes and face mirror his soul in each and every one of these films. I want more like this and less of TTSS please!

I give you a still photo from Wreckers that illustrates what I am saying and where I am coming from - this still image speaks 1000 words!

Photo credit: http://benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/wreckers-photos/

And, because I cannot resist any opportunity to plug Third Star for the umpteenth time, here is a still image from that film - one of my favourite still images of all time - that speaks 5000 words:

Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/third-star-photos/

When I first saw that Third Star still image my heart stopped!

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Great review!

I agree that much as I loved TTSS, for BC personally an emotive, intimate, independent film like Wreckers gives him the chance to lead, have lots of screen time, and really show his calibre up close and personal in a way that TTSS and his other mainstream films so far could not. That said, I have high hopes also for the BBC series Parades End which he is filming at the moment. After the success of Sherlock, the BBC realise that they have a very versatile lead actor and have cast him accordingly!

I'm so looking forward to seeing Wreckers myself – though suspect I'll need to subscribe and download from Curzon On Demand in order to do so... which is an extremely useful option that wasn't available for Third Star. :-)

Thank you for complimenting my review - it means a lot to me coming from you. My personal view is that running this blog has helped me a great deal in improving my writing and honing my writing skills. Plus it is fun!

"For BC personally an emotive, intimate, independent film like Wreckers gives him the chance to lead, have lots of screen time, and really show his calibre up close and personal". Exactly. Agree agree agree!

I am glad that you won't have to wait to see Wreckers. I want to see it again NOW!

All writing practice is definitely valuable. :-)

Wreckers should be available via Curzon online around the time of the London cinema release in December – so still a while to go, but fingers crossed!

Maybe we could co-ordinate in the fashion of an NT Live. I will go and see it at the cinema again the same day that you watch it online!

LOL! I'm not sure how this Curzon On Demand system works yet. It will be interesting to find out. As I understand it, once downloaded, one has the film for seven days – but whether the film can be watched more than once within that timeframe I have no idea. I'd like to test the system with another film first, but they are not listing anything that I want to see at the moment. :-/

How exciting!

yvaine24 is also very interested in the system - she wants to watch the film in the privacy of her own home (which she prefers) as well as at the cinema.

I just want to see it at the cinema - I love seeing stuff on a big screen, with proper sound, and having it as a shared experience with an audience (I know not everyone is lucky enough to be able to do this).

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