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Plot: A love story set in and around an old cinema on the South Coast of England in the 1980s.
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Starring Vehicle For Miss Colman
Olivia Colman is the shift manager of the Empire movie theater (the exteriors are taken of the Dreamland in Margate) in 1980. It’s a first run theater which is about to have the Southeast England premiere of CHARIOTS OF FIRE. Miss Colman is a mess. She’s on Lithium for manic-depressive syndrome, conducting an affair with married manager Colin Firth, and her life is reduced to a bare minimum of routine. Then new hire Micheal Ward shows up and gradually Miss Colman wakes up…. and while she goes off her meds and has a meltdown, her coworkers are revealed.
It’s a long, slow slog of a year for everyone — except for Firth, who gets his comeuppance in the second act — as Miss Colman and Ward are knocked down and try to pick themselves up again, and find there is evil in the world, but compassion in the cinema: at leas the staff of the Empire, where no one ever looks at a movie.
Miss Colman gives a bravura performance with a large assortment of affects as she takes her Lithium, goes off her lithium, drinks, and so forth. But Tom Brooke is outstanding as her coworker who sees everything and Toby Jones is always a worthwhile addition to any movie, as the projectionist who sees what he does as a beam of light in the darkness.
Empire of Alright
At times, it’s intimate and intricate. At others, it’s strikingly hollow.
Firstly, highest praises must be given to Roger Deakins’ lush cinematography and Reznor & Ross’s ethereal, atmospheric musical score. Both these elements added such a rich sensory element to the film that elevates the experience high above what’s on the page.
Because what’s on the page is a disjointed collection of individually compelling pieces.
Olivia Colman and the rest of the cast really do give it their all and bring a great deal of life to their half-baked characters. Nearly all of them have backstory and struggles introduced, but not much, if anything, is ever done with it.
The “story” is made up of runtime-padding dramatic beats that always begin in a very strong manner but are always either resolved without any real struggle or conflict or are abandoned entirely. No consequences are ever seen or felt, and it dampens the impact of the whole film. I felt nothing when the credits rolled.
Also, Colin Firth is woefully miscast as the cinema manager; not because he’s bad in the movie, he’s great in the movie. But because he has such limited screen time and has such a thankless, undemanding roll. It’s far beneath an actor of his calibre and experience. He’s tragically under-utilised.
And that’s how I would describe just about every element of this film: not bad, but under-utilised.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 55 min (115 min)
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Sam Mendes
Writer Sam Mendes
Actors Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Colin Firth
Country United Kingdom, United States
Awards 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa Mini LF, Arri Signature Prime Lenses
Laboratory Company 3, London, UK (digital intermediate by) (as Company 3)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Codex
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (4.5K) (source format), Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format), Spherical (source format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema