Monday, 23 June 2008
The most amazing thing about this windswept movie is that it is based on true events around the complicated personal life of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys), his promiscuous wife Caitlin (Sienna Miller), his flighty childhood love Vera (Keira Knightley) and Vera's hapless husband William (Cillian Murphy). I think all of the characters could have been further explored given the bizarre relationships between them, but Sienna Miller did a credible job in making Caitlin multi-dimensional; difficult, disappointed, lonely and insecure. Unfortunately, the raspberry must go to Keira Knightly. While she looked ravishing in the glossy curled hair-red lipstick 40s ouvre (making even Sienna look plain), her on-off clipped Welsh accent was off-putting and her wooden yet flouncing acting style seems to not have developed any further since Atonement. Not a bad movie, but certainly not a must-see.