These are our central characters whose lives intermingle in large and small ways as their stories play out. Kingsley makes a friend in Terence (Ken Stott) who is an old friend of Emily and helps to put him on a better path. Max’s attempts to get his life together end up sending him even further down the rabbit hole, whilst the life George and his wife have worked so hard to achieve seems to slip further and further away as he descends into his own little pit of despair.
Each story works great, the cast really engage, even those with a limited screen time, but ultimately I feel like I’d rather have seen each of them in their own movie. It’s a weird criticism to say that the movie doesn’t work because I like the story but that’s kind of the way it is. The thread connecting our heroes is so very weak that it almost doesn’t exist at times, in fact I’m not a hundred percent sure how George even connected to the others now that I think back on it.
In addition because they’re sharing screen time we do end up a little with just the broad strokes of the narrative. Not many of the characters have time to just breathe and be themselves, they have a limited number of scenes so they have to pack in the important plot points and leave us to just assume each one got resolved in-between those moments whilst we were watching something else happen. That being said what we get is strong and there’s plenty to sink your teeth into.
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