It’s always difficult to get behind notoriously despicable characters on-screen, whether it’s the rich druggies of Less Than Zero or the douchey body builders of Pain And Gain. The scum of the Earth can make it tough to enjoy the overall film experience. Jude Law’s character in the new film Dom Hemingway takes drunk and obnoxious to the next level, forcing the audience sit through his selfish and hurtful actions.
Jude Law plays the self-titled character in Dom Hemingway. Dom is an old school safe-cracking gangster who has spent twelve years in prison for keeping his mouth shut. Now, Dom is out on parole and wants what he believes is coming to him from his old boss, Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir). Dom curses, drinks and makes numerous enemies with his new-found freedom. If you’re looking for an uplifting criminal redemption story, you won’t find it here. Dom is difficult to root for with his arrogant attitude and his bad luck that is contagious to the people around him. Not really a character you want to spend 96 minutes of your life observing.
Aside from the vile characters of Dom Hemingway, the story jumps around way too much and is unable to settle into a groove with its story direction. The film starts out as a gritty crime drama, but attempts to switch things up to a dad trying to connect with his estranged daughter played by Game of Thrones‘, Emilia Clarke. The acting isn’t bad in Dom Hemingway, I just don’t give a crap about any of the foul characters. Dom Hemingway is a disorganized film, chock full of less than savory individuals who no one would want to have more than one drink with.
Overall, I give Dom Hemingway 2 out of 4 stars.
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