Movie review: The Legend of Barney Thomson directed by Robert Carlyle

Product info:

Barney (Robert Carlyle, the director) is a hapless barber, devoid of charm and ‘patter’ as his fellow barbering brethren mockingly remind him. Barney’s mediocre, mundane life of plotting for a way up is about to be transformed, following a typically incompetent fit of pique, when he inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, and with it headlong into the trail of a grotesque series of killings gripping Glasgow. As he makes ham-fisted attempts to cover his tracks, he finds himself on the run from the bearish Detective Inspector Holdall and a testosterone-driven local Police task force at each others throats over the ongoing crimes. 

My impressions:

Usually movies such as this one work in the following way: you meet a crafty wrongdoer who, after a while, finds his or her nemezis in a form of an equally crafty cop. Then we get a duel between the good and the evil. The Legend of Barney Thomson puts it all upside down. The wrongdoer is rather a clumsy oaf and a loner than an evil genius of crime. He can even be called an accidental serial murderer, if such a thing exists. The detective, trying to catch him, is a frustrated officer, moderately intelligent but very spiteful because he’s just been passed over for promotion and he is not exactly young anymore. How did it work? It was funny but not VERY funny.

The creation of Emma Thompson as Cemolina, the mother of Barney, was a real treat and a spark illuminating the whole film. The rest was bland. Fortunately I am a huge fan of Emma so her presence was enough to keep me interested to almost the very end.

Final verdict:

Not the finest example of English (or Scottish) humour but it had its moments. If you are a fan of Emma you’ll watch it sooner or later. If you are not, you might find yourself a tad disappointed. Watch it at home just to remain on the safe side.

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6 Responses to Movie review: The Legend of Barney Thomson directed by Robert Carlyle

  1. blodeuedd says:

    I have no idea if I want to watch it or not 😉

  2. heidenkind says:

    I don’t consider myself a fan of Emma Thompson, but she does add a certain je ne sais quoi to the movies she’s in

    • Let me put it this way: without Emma this movie would be a complete flop for me. Je ne sais pas quoi ou je sais quoi, it doesn’t matter – her characters just work wonders.

  3. Carole Rae says:

    Why did I not comment on this? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!
    I do enjoy English/Scottish humor….maybe if it is randomly on I’ll watch 😉

    • Looking forward to your review then :). BTW nothing is wrong with you. It happens to me all the time -sometimes I feel like commenting, sometimes I don’t.

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