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|Look Back in Anger|
Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Gerard Horan, Siobhan Redmond, Edward Jewesbury
Directors: David Jones, Judi Dench
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
A powerful adaptation of one of modern drama's most celebrated plays. Since it first premiered on London?s West End in 1956, John Osborne?s LOOK BACK IN ANGER has shocked audiences with its blunt portrayal of domestic real... more »
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Samuel K. (Solvanda)
Reviewed on 9/8/2018...
1989 production based on a realist play written by John Osborne, English playwright known for his excoriating prose and critical stance towards 1950's established social and political norms. What you are about to witness here is a landmark of British theatre. The inspiration for this play was his own failing marriage, indeed, as he was writing it. In fact, this play spawned the term "angry young men" which typified Osborne's generation, and also signified a paradigm shift in terms of entertainment no longer being politely 'escapist' like Noel Coward, as in the past. (For other instances, see Albert Finney in "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" or "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner".)
What will draw your attention throughout most of this tale are the endless tirades. Brannagh plays a man considerably discontent with his lot in life. He is abounding with fretfulness and cannot seem to sit still. And the angst is projected towards anything in the vicinity. You'll be feeling quite sorry for the wife by the end of this.
There's another 1958 filmed version of the play starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, and Mary Ure, which I own but have not viewed yet. Strangely enough, and to put a rather fine point on it, Osborne dumped his wife for Mary Ure at this point. A 1980's film version of this play also exists, starring Malcolm Mcdowell, which doesn't appear to be available on Dvd.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
An exhausting, cathartic emotional experience.
A. C. Walter | Lynnwood, WA USA | 01/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is minimalist filmed version of a play originally directed for the stage by Judi Dench. In my opinion, it's also Kenneth Branagh's finest screen performance. For a full two hours, he is Jimmy Porter, the man you want to hate but can't help but love. He's one of the educated lower class, burdened by ego and unfulfilled potential. He's an urban lion with a huge heart and claws that constantly torture those around him, namely his wife (Emma Thompson).
These characters are so real, you'll dream about them afterward, and if you give it a chance, this film will work its way into your heart and teach you something about life."
Not What You Would Expect
A. C. Walter | 07/27/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Don't get me wrong, it is an excellent play. Well-acted and well-directed, but for Kenneth Branagh's USA fans, the character of Jimmy is a little tough to take at first. However, once you get some background on the characters, you find yourself very involved in the story. Fair warning, this is a play for adults and is very emotionally (usually negatively) charged. Don't be put off by that fact, though. The excellent performances alone make it well-worth watching."
I loved this film!
One More Option | 05/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm usually not too keen on plays done on film, but this one was really well done. Judi Dench did a very good job directing, and Branagh and Thompson worked really well together, as always. Everyone ought to see this film at least once."