Monday, 6 June 2011

The Long Good Friday - REVIEW

Film of the Day #103/ 300

Portraying Britain at the dawn of Thatcherism, John MacKenzie’s breathtaking gangland thriller was and still is a masterful piece of British cinema. Explosive, original, ruthless and gritty, The Long Good Friday is a classic British gangster movie that is far superior to many of the sub-standard gangster films seen today. Elevated by the majestic performance of Bob Hoskins as Harold Shand, a successful East-End gangster whose empire is crumbling around him, the film still holds the power to shock, amuse and thrill its audience. Utterly compelling, The Long Good Friday is an essential piece of British cinema which deserves to be rediscovered.