It really was a fantastic night! Saw the film, had a glass of champagne at after party...it would have been the cherry on the cake if Kevin himself had been there but watching the film sitting next to Joe and his oldest
friend (who is just so proud of him!) was something really special.
Comes a bright day what can I say about the film itself.....it is stunning!
Cinematically it is a quintessentially British master class. Clean lines, some beautiful art to inter cut dramatic sequences, showing that there is beauty and hope to be found even in the most desperate situation.
The ensemble cast are all wonderful- Imogen Poots has an innocence that is undercut with a real grit, Timothy Spall plays the romanticised antique dealer to perfection and Josef Altin gives a dramatic performance of note and gives pathos to the comedic moments bestowed upon his character. The interplay between Joe and Kevin is pacy, witty and they have a real chemistry together! (Not Sandra/Kevin chemistry but chemistry none the less!).
So Kevin plays Cameron- the psychopathic/sociopathic armed robber who develops reverse stockholm syndrome toward the female hostage. In parts reminicent of the Heath Leger portrayal of the joker as he flitted between moments of emotional clarity, as he looked at photos of his female hostage and cried into the mirror, and derranged yet clinical threats to kill and do harm. Menacing yet moving, derranged yet damaged.
Let's start with the important stuff:
Kevin in this film is dressed immaculately in a power house of British men's fashion- Paul Smith. Even the British tailoring adds to the clean and precise visual this film effortlessly captures.
He has a British east end accent- really rough. Surprised me when he first spoke, was expecting scottish!
He plays with the stutter so well, it comes across as a natural part of his vocal cadence. He not only masters it in sound but also physically- the lip placement, the shuddering as he forces the sounds out of his mouth and the looks and gestures of sheer frustration showing us a snapshot of how his mind is working faster than this mouth. Really well done. Clear Kevin put the work in to master it- true method actor.
His character says f**k a lot in this film!!!
He has longer hair and a scruffier longer beard which are oh so hot!! There are some beautiful close ups of his face without the mask in the second half of the film.
There is a beautiful moment where Cameron is listening to Madam Butterfly EP and kevin does what he does best- no words but the eyes, the face and the patterns of breath tell the story!
Also a very intense moment as Cameron corners Mary (Poots) and the intensity of the face off suggests he will attack but instead he let's down her hair, collapses to the floor and his head to her stomach embraces her and breaks down his barriers momentarily. Within This cathartic moment Kevin's performance leaves you with only one response as a viewer- empathy for this damaged soul. He invites you in to as "what has happened to you?" For me (and it may just be to do with my job I feel this way) this was the most powerful part of the movie.
This film Scares you, emotionally moves you, romances you and makes you laugh out loud more than once!! The audience is on just as much of a roller coaster as the hostages!! Comes A Bright Day is not a typical heist movie, it is more subtle than that.
Yes it has all guns blazing moments of violence that make you wince and raise your anxiety levels, but it is also a story of finding love in unlikely places, of a terrible event being beautifully liberating- of being set free and daring to dream and them maybe coming true.
Many thanks to Hannah for supplying KMKO exclusively with her review of Comes A Bright Day