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'Dom Hemingway' thrives on the charm of its leading man

Dom Hemingway


Everybody can hit a rut once in a while and even one of the most well regarded actors in recent years need something to give his career a bit of a shot in the arm. "Dom Hemingway" now on DVD & Blu-Ray is exactly that as we get an admittedly flawed but incredibly fierce comedy that reminds us that Jude Law can still carry a movie, especially when the material fits him so very well.

Like a triumphant lion restating his arrival

After twelve years in prison, Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he's owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir). After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt.

While it doesn't always hit as well as it hopes, "Dom Hemingway" is a brash and bold story that generates just as many belly laughs as it does tender moments thanks to an inspired performance from its leading man who hasn't been this engaged with a role in quite some time

Writer/director Richard Shepard crafts an effort that isn't quite as tight as one of his previous efforts "The Matador" but it's a tight enough narrative as we slowly get the sense of what this abrasive ex-con who to is up to upon his release from prison. It has a distinct and almost retro feel as if he was making an early Guy Ritchie film, and when the dialogue that is a little up and down is at its peak it is damn near razor sharp. However the pacing is a little off as he revisits his old partners in crime and settles up for some overdue debts and lost years of living. It never quite feels even keel as we don't necessarily get a straight ahead story and it rather feels like two or three somewhat disjointed chapters in a book but it is made up for as the ensemble buys into high energy, over the top nature of the narrative.

It takes a special kind of actor to be able to open a movie with a monologue about his own genitalia, but Jude Law embraces the role of Dom Hemingway with incredible aplomb. Managing to walk that fine line between likable, genuinely terrifying, and just being a jackass, it is some of the best work that Jude Law has done in years. Richard E Grant, Demian Bichir and Emilia Clarke round the ensemble with some good work but it truly is just Dom Hemingway's world and these characters are just living in it.

Picture and sound quality on the Blu-Ray are first rate and the special features include a feature length commentary track from writer/director Richard Shepard, three behind the scenes featurettes, a conversation with the cast and the director as well as a photo gallery and "The Ping-Pong Loop".

"Dom Hemingway" gets the job done as we can't help but root for this likable hood, we would never want to cross.

3 out of 5 stars.

"Dom Hemingway" is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital Download and On Demand from all major providers and retailers.

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