Look BACK in ANGER

Out 26 novem­ber / cert PG / 98 mins

Empire (UK) - - BINGEWATCH - DAVID Hughes

Not to be con­fused with Oa­sis’ (ar­guably) most fa­mous song, this is a fierce film adap­ta­tion of the 1956 play by John Os­borne, the orig­i­nal ‘an­gry young man’ of British the­atre, which sin­gle­hand­edly launched the ‘kitchen sink re­al­ism’ move­ment. richard Bur­ton stars as dis­af­fected mar­ket stall con­fec­tioner Jimmy Porter, who rages im­po­tently against the estab­lish­ment ma­chine, leav­ing the women in his life (claire Bloom, Mary ure) reel­ing from the cru­elty and bit­ter­ness of his ex­is­ten­tial dis­il­lu­sion­ment — or per­haps, when seen through a more mod­ern lens, his undi­luted toxic masculinity. Bur­ton’s leo­nine per­for­mance makes his Amer­i­can coun­ter­part, Mar­lon Brando, seem like the Mild One by com­par­i­son, and at times the film seems in­cen­di­ary enough to set your Blu-ray player on fire. Yet Bur­ton con­veys Jimmy’s painful vul­ner­a­bil­ity, too. A ground­break­ing and im­por­tant film.

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