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Dom Hemingway

Dom Hemingway

Großbritannien 2013 - mit Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon ...

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Originaltitel:Dom Hemingway
Genre:Comedy, Thriller
Regie:Richard Shepard
Produktionsland:Großbritannien 2013
Laufzeit:Ca. 94 min.
FSK:From 16 years
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Dom Hemingway (Jude Law), an ingenious, extremely pompous safecracker, has twelve years for gangster boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir). Now Dom is finally free again and wants to be rewarded for his loyalty. Together with his buddy Dickie (Richard E. Grant), Dom sets off for France to visit Mr. Fontaine to collect his money. But his libido, fueled by the sight of Fontaine's sexy friend Paolina (Madalina Ghenea) in combination with alcohol and his uncontrollable aggressions almost lead to a bloodbath. At the last moment Dom can still smooth the turbulent waves and he gets his money. Now we have to celebrate - and of course that works best with alcohol, drugs and women. After the exuberant party, however, a very bad hangover follows: there is a dead man and all the money is gone. Of course, Dom doesn't let that sit on his head…

Already in his comedy "Mord und Margaritas" director Richard Shepard let a very weird gangster loose on the cinema audience. But in comparison to the safecracker Dom Hemingway, the hit man played by Pierce Brosnan was a cultivated orphan boy. Even the opening monologue of "Dom Hemingway", in which Dom throws an extremely flowery song of praise at his penis into the camera, makes it clear to the viewer what a self-involved guy you're dealing with here. But that's not all. Hardly any sentence leaves the lips of the ex-con without being decorated with at least three obscenities. And even the fact that he lets his fists speak quickly and thinks with his loins rather than with his coked-up brain doesn't exactly testify to a high level of sophistication. And yet: although he's actually a real puke, Dom Hemingway isn't really unsympathetic.

That's less because of his behaviour than because of Jude Law's game, who obviously had a lot of fun playing this rather unusual role. Similar to James McAvoy in "Drecksau" Law is allowed to throw any form of political correctness overboard and unrestrainedly play a morally broken character, who is nevertheless somehow a sympathizer. Watching Law completely free himself from his image is a great pleasure. And also his co-stars Richard E. Grant as a reserved counterpart to Dom and Demian Bichir as a glossy mafioso act here with infectious joy of playing.

However what "Dom Hemingway" lacks is a mature script. Too much Shepard relies on the dirty mouth of his title character and on some absurdly amusing moments, but he seems to lose track of the actual plot more and more. In addition, at the beginning he shows a rather leisurely pace and takes a lot of time for debauched dialogue sequences, but in the end he really rushes through the finale. The last act, in which the daughter of Dom, played by "Game of Thrones" dragonmutti Emilia Clarke, also appears, slides into an extreme superficiality and somehow seems unfinished dramaturgically. Especially the storyline around Dom's daughter could be taken out completely, without the movie really missing it. If the whole thing had been worked out more carefully and some of Dom's long monologues had been shortened in return, then "Dom Hemingway" could have been an excellent gangster comedy. However, the whole thing is a bit too unwieldy and too hard to be as cool and unadapted as the movie obviously would like it to be.

Who likes British gangster comedies with deep black humor will still be well served here. The really great Jude Law and some wonderful bad moments make sure that the entertainment value is very high, especially in the first half of the movie. But the rather unfinished course of action of the last 30 minutes and the bizarreness of the production, which sometimes seems too strained, cloud the positive overall impression, which is why in the end it is only enough for a "worth seeing with restrictions"!

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