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DUR­ING an omi­nous lull in Juan Car­los Me­d­ina’s macabre mur­der mys­tery set on the fog-choked streets of Vic­to­rian Lon­don al­most a decade be­fore Jack The Rip­per ran amok, a stage ac­tor draws par­al­lels be­tween his craft and hu­man na­ture.

“We all wear pan­tomime masks, do we not?” he posits.

Those words res­onate with a chill through­out The Lime­house Golem, a stylish bat­tle of wits be­tween Scot­land Yard and a di­a­bol­i­cal se­rial killer, which was orig­i­nally an­nounced with the late Alan Rickman lead­ing the fine en­sem­ble cast.

In his stead, Bill Nighy brings solem­nity and grav­i­tas to the com­plex role of a right­eous po­lice of­fi­cer, whose ca­reer has been dogged by ru­mours that “he’s not the mar­ry­ing kind”.

It’s a mea­sured and mov­ing per­for­mance, de­void of the dead­pan comic shtick that has el­e­vated Nighy in the na­tion’s af­fec­tions, and he beau­ti­fully con­veys his pro­tag­o­nist’s in­ner tur­moil, fully aware that he is be­ing set up as a scape­goat if the killer re­mains at large.

Jane Gold­man’s script, adapted from Peter Ack­royd’s novel Dan Leno And The Lime­house Golem, uses cin­e­matic trick­ery to keep us guess­ing about the murderer’s iden­tity un­til a big re­veal when one per­son’s pan­tomime mask falls with a de­li­cious and sat­is­fy­ing thud. Bill Nighy as In­spec­tor John Kil­dare and Daniel Mays as Ge­orge Flood Olivia Cooke as El­iz­a­beth Cree and Maria Valverde as Ave­line Ortega Bill Nighy as In­spec­tor John Kil­dare and Olivia Cooke as El­iz­a­beth Cree by his wife El­iz­a­beth (Olivia Cooke) and the in­spec­tor sur­mises she glimpsed her hus­band’s dark side and poi­soned John to end his reign of ter­ror.

Tes­ti­mony from the Crees’ spite­ful maid Ave­line (Maria Valverde) con­demns El­iz­a­beth to

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