High Rise Review


Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hiddleston Tom Hiddleston
Jeremy Irons Jeremy Irons
Anthony Royal
Sienna Miller Sienna Miller
Luke Evans Luke Evans
Richard Wilder
Elisabeth Moss Elisabeth Moss
James Purefoy James Purefoy
Keeley Hawes Keeley Hawes
Ann Royal
Dan Renton Skinner Dan Renton Skinner

Plot-  Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.

Review- Er…

Hang on….

On second…

Ok, now where was I… Oh- High Rise, I was going to review high rise whilst sober. And having not read the book. And having not seen the episode of classic Doctor Who that it inspired. And wondering why the The Lobster kept going around and around in my head. Along with the phrases ‘considered unfilmable’ and ‘script was originally written in the 70’s.

As far as I could work out, Tom Hiddleston moves into a flat in a new tower block and whilst trying to work out who keeps stealing all his clothes, observes the decline of the tower into warring tribes in what i’ll be generous and call a ‘satire.’ Satire of what i’m not sure. The class system seems to be a safe bet.

The film gives off the impression that it could have been a masterpiece. It really could have been. All the elements are there, Tom’s doing his best to be considered  for the as-yet-un-announced remake of American Psycho, the setting is recognizable but twisted, as are the other characters all of whom are doing what they can with the material but somehow it’s still misfiring.

It’s easily at least twenty minutes too long and the fact that the tower descends into insanity in an instant with almost no attempt made to let us understand the characters before it all goes sideways.

It also seems very disconnected, like a series of short films set in a tower block rather than a coherent 119 minute narrative and with a small twist it could have been a very effective horror film, probably starring some sort of gas.

There is something here, but its hard to reach and I’ve got a sneaking unresearched feeling that the books better anyway.

My Score- If Nothing Else 


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