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Revengers Tragedy

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Time Out says

Transposing Thomas Middleton's 1607 play to a post-apocalyptic Liverpool circa 2011, Cox's film provides an anything-goes location for the original's tongue in cheek plotting, vividly sardonic language and gleeful summation of the blood and thunder machinations of the Jacobean stage. Against a suitably distressed post-industrial landscape decorated with swirling clubgear costumery, the revolt of the underclass proceeds apace as the snarling Vindici (Eccleston) manoeuvres against the all-ruling Duke (Jacobi), responsible for poisoning his bride on their wedding day. The stylistic intention, presumably, was old meets new with a Luhrmann-like flourish, but the modest resources on display result in a look somewhere between threadbare Jarman and school play. One struggles to be impressed. Regrettably, the rhubarbing supporting players hardly deserve to be in the same picture as Eccleston's energised, razor-sharp delivery and Izzard's rich portrayal of whimsically decadent son and heir Lussurioso.
Written by TJ

Release Details

  • Duration:109 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Alex Cox
  • Screenwriter:Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Cast:
    • Christopher Eccleston
    • Eddie Izzard
    • Derek Jacobi
    • Jean Butler
    • Sophie Dahl
    • Anthony Booth
    • Diana Quick
    • Alex Cox
    • Margi Clarke
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