Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Secrets and Lies

Dir: Mike Leigh
Starring: Timothy Spall

Mike Leigh - you always hear things like 'stark reality', 'tragic realism', and 'gritty' in connection with that name. The first of Leigh's films seen by Narry B were Nuts In May, and Abigail's Party. In NB's mind, things like 'ruddy hilarious', 'twisted but funny', and 'thigh-slapping laughy' are brought to mind when speaking of Mike Leigh.

I wasn't sure if Secrets and Lies would match up to his other films - was it just going to be twisted, and not funny? Certainly, there's enough emotional overcharge in this film to power a city for three months, but thankfully it is also comedy genius. I think.

I wasn't sure if I was supposed to laugh or not. Either way, I did, and I laughed hard. Normally it was at something stupid - Paul's facial expressions while everyone else was breaking down, Cynthia's endless faux pas, or the overwrought tension of the situation.

Mike Leigh's still got it. Long may he keep it.

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