I love Steve McQueen movies. I really do.
But he makes some strange decisions and isn’t 100% consistent. This is one of his mis-steps.
Thankfully and rightfully (IMHO) 12 Years A Slave won best movie at the Oscars last time out but its predecessor, Shame, was an oddly unsettling cinematic experience.
His debut, Hunger, has been overlooked, again in my opinion – I think it’s a masterpiece and gave Michael Fassbender his launchpad.
So, now. Film Four. (By Film Four.)
It’s based on a fairly pulpy Lynda Le Plant TV series, but Mcqueen has reimagined it for the arthouse.
Some elements of it are great, not least Viola Davis in the lead role and the stunning cinematography.
But after that it starts to break down.
It’s a bit cryptic. One of the baddies’ diction is so bad as to render whole scenes indecipherable, the resolution is confusing and it’s too long.
It’s a bit boring if truth be told.
Sorry Steve, mate.