Jude Law headlines 'Dom Hemingway'

Jude Law (left) plays ex-con Dom, and heads to Paris with a pal played by Richard E. Grant.
Jude Law (left) plays ex-con Dom, and heads to Paris with a pal played by Richard E. Grant.
Posted: April 11, 2014

JUDE LAW GOES big to play the lead role in "Dom Hemingway," literally and otherwise.

Law's packed on some "Raging Bull" pounds to play Dom, an ex-con and career criminal emerging from a long stretch in prison to collect the large amount of money owed him for keeping quiet in prison.

The actor goes big in other ways - the movie is larded with oratory, long and loud and stylized and obscene, and Law delivers each speech with theatrical panache and red-faced commitment (not from embarrassment, but from exertion).

It's fun, for awhile, but you wonder where the movie is going to go with it. To France, for awhile, where Dom (Richard E. Grant in tow) meets with the crime boss (Demian Bichir, miscast as Russian) who's been holding his loot.

The movie gives its characters a wild lifestyle to match the over-the-top dialogue, and there are a few moments where the delirium of word and action meet perfectly - a car accident that sends all key characters pinwheeling through the night air in slow motion.

The movie itself seems to crash, though, as Dom returns to the U.K. to beg for his old job back, from a new generation of gangsters who, like time, have passed Dom by.

At this point, "Dom Hemingway" settles for sentimentality, as Dom attempts to reconcile with the daughter (Emilia Clarke) who grew into a woman while he was in prison, with the grandson he's never known.

The kid's adorable, but it's a little late in the game for "Uncle Buck."


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