Dom Hemingway Movie Review
Jude Law is Dom Hemingway, an ex-felon who just can't catch a break. The audience doesn't either, as a strong performance by the actor is wasted in this relatively forgettable movie.
After being released from prison for refusing to snitch, he gets the payment he deserves—and then everything, as things tend to do in Dom Hemingway's life, spirals out of control. I watched this movie just a few days ago and I already forgot what happens next.
Law is good in the lead, embodying a character who is extremely confident but not as smart as he thinks he is—a dangerous combination. Law appears to have a lot of fun with the role, which, like the movie, is sort of dramatic while also slightly funny/quirky.
Unfortunately, the movie doesn't do so well with the same blend. Like so many movies these days, it isn't serious enough to be taken serious, quirky enough to be truly quirky, nor funny enough to be funny. Dom Hemingway falls somewhere in the middle, in the land of inconsequentiality.
Some of my critic pals had raved about this movie. I'm not sure why. It's not bad, but it's not that good, its plot forgettable. As a character study it's better—and critics love them some character studies—but Dom is neither likable enough nor interesting enough to make for a good character study.
The movie features a good performance by Jude Law, but Law alone can't save Dom Hemingway.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.