Suicide is a nasty thing. But we have to talk about the nasty things, and the best approach is humor. Black humor. British Black Humor. Fuck BBW, we should celebrate BBH (that came out wrong). After this pretty pumped up intro I have to tone down the whole thing. I don’t know if it’s me or something else but lately I prefer “driven by characters” movies instead of “driven by situations”. Driven by characters movies start with different set of characters and then work forwards imagining and projecting their reactions and clashes and Driven by situations movies start with few key ideas, situations and rough one or two characters and then work backwards to make up a reasonable explanation. This time this process failed a couple of times, but there are also some very interesting ideas and situations that make up for that. Experienced cast led by Pierce and Tony casually walked through the script. This is Aaron Paul’s second movie after Breaking Bad and for the first time we see the glimpses of him outside the BB universe. Although the first steps were very shaky.

A-Long-Way-Down-PosterIt’s New Year’s Eve in London. A time when everybody is drunk and happy, well almost everybody. Some of us have problems, big problems, and larger than life problems. And how do you solve larger than life problems? By eliminating life from the equation. Martin is a failed man who decided to end his life by jumping from a Toppers Building, overlooking the city. He soon finds out that he’s not the only one who decided this. Four people decided to end their lives that evening and their fate was sealed. Or was it?

Earlier this week I read a story about a man who lives near a lighthouse and prevents people from killing themselves there. He saved 151 lives, if I remember correctly. Dealing with real life problems, A Long Way Down has a deeper meaning. If just one person remembers the lessons from this movie and decides to keep on living, can we call it a mediocre black humor comedy? The cause vibe prevents us from doing so, that and the sheer quality of the material that we are left to think about after the movie. Lightly packed it’s a slow burner easy to watch.

Director: Pascal Chaumeil

Writer: Nick Hornby, Jack Thorne

Cast: Pierce Brosnan,Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul, Sam Neill, Priyanga Burford, Rosamund Pike

Fun Facts: Johnny Depp bought the movie rights before the book’s initial release.


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