A superb performance from Tom Hardy and a cast of intriguing supporting characters saves this often rudderless New York based crime drama from the drop.
What About Bob? by Dave O’Flanagan
There are two categories of actors working in Hollywood right now; Tom Hardy, and the other actors working in Hollywood right now. In recent years, the Hammersmith native has conquered all and sundry by way of his chameleon like performances. He’s exhibited a wide range of emotions through a full face mask, he’s made a 90-minute car journey with a Welsh building contractor riveting, and he’s successfully carried his latest film The Drop as Brooklyn-born bartender, Bob. It’s not just Hardy doing the heavy-lifting here however, despite a relatively weak and surprisingly half-baked story from acclaimed writer Denis Lehane, the cast at large are enjoyable and often memorable. In one of his more delicate roles, James Gandolfini’s presence as Marv elevates every scene he’s in and reminds us all of the talent we lost (the film is dedicated in his memory). In addition, Matthias Schoenaerts and Michael Aronov are fiendishly good in their respective roles. Compared to his excellent debut feature, Bullhead, Michaël R. Roskam’s film feels aimless at times, like there’s not enough story to propel any of the characters forward. With the pedigree of writing, directing and acting talent involved, The Drop is a disappointment, but Hardy’s winning performance as well as a satisfying conclusion make it worthwhile.
The Drop is showing on Oct 11th, 12th & 13th at the 58th BFI London Film Festival