44 Inch Chest (2009) Review

A man Colin (Ray Winstone) is devasted when his wife tells him that she is leaving him for another man that his friends group together and kidnap the man. All this trying to heal Colin’s ego and let him get revenge by possibly killing the loverboy.

Five cockney friends which resulted in a fair bit of swearing including huge usage on the c word . . . yes you know the one that I mean. I am pretty sure that the amount of times it was used resulted in the 18 rating. While it does not really bother me that much as I must say the cockney accent makes it sound more amusing than anything (to myself anyway).

While the film turned out not to be what I expected. I expected a more comedic take on things while some comedy was evident throughout the film it was much deeper than I anticipated. Seeing what heartbreak can really do to someone especially when they least expect it. I am sure anyone who has had their heartbroken at some point can really relate to some of the emotions Colin goes through in the film, I totally could which actually made it quite difficult to watch at times still fresh wounds for me.

I actually found it to be a brilliant performance from Ray Winstone while he did not really say much for quite a while the emotion in his face and how much he was crying really made it a different performance than we are used to seeing from him. The big man who you would expect to be “hard” and not cry had a breakdown right in front of your eyes.

The support acting was very good as well John Hurt in particular totally made me think he was not the same actor who I watched in “An Englishman in New York” a few weeks ago. Tom Wilkinson wasn’t really in it enough for me and played a more down and out character to that we have seen in recent years. Stephen Dillane was great very charismatic and amusing. Ian McShane really stole the show being a gay man you can imagine the lines and manner he has great.

At times though I found it to be a little bit strange but I guess that was the point. We should find it strange being able to see what someone is thinking about acted out in front of us, which I have to admit at first I was not sure if it was real or not.

One thing that I found quite stupid on behalf of the wife was the way she told him she was leaving him. I mean I am sure she knew more than anyone the bad temper Colin had so to do it in that way was rather insensitive. I am not saying he should of hit her or anything but she kinda asked for it.

No, I can’t forget this evening
Or your face as you were leaving
But I guess that’s just the way the story goes
I can’t live if living is without you . . .

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