King of Thieves (2018)
Title: King of Thieves
Genre: Crime | Drama
Runtime: 108 min
Director: James Marsh
Starring: Charlie Cox, Michael Caine, Michael Gambon
A true crime film about a crew of retired crooks who pull off a major heist in London’s jewelry district. What starts off as their last criminal hurrah quickly turns into a brutal nightmare due to greed. Based on infamous true events.
BRITISH & OUTLAWISH CRIMINALS
The significant downside with these kinds of movies is that they’re predictable. At least, well enough to bring out some awkward laughter from the audience because you’re are watching old actors acting juvenile and unappreciated. It doesn’t have the right pace to bring the right and nice atmosphere. It tries to make it sustainable when isn’t and becomes partly boring because of it. There’re many establish actors that probably did their last role for a while or forever. Jim Broadbent and Michael Caine with Charlie Cox are put right in to the spotlight. It has some distinguished British tone all over it. It may’ve been a move to make it more accurate to the biographic story, but it doesn’t help that much. Not that much. It isn’t that much action, probably because of the main actors high age. Regardless what you might think of it, although it has some peculiar moment where it might even genuine to progress the story ahead.
The whole story does indeed have a boring plot that stamps forever and treats the whole tale as a comedy. Sure, dark comedy… which often works to lighten up the subject a smudge. It’s after all a story based on true events. Some of these actors find their characters right away at the same time other struggles to find the role’s true voice inside. Charlie Cox seemed to have some trouble, for instance, to find his character and who Basil was. His voice goes up and down in between and he just look uncomfortable to even be seen on camera. If it was the looks of the character the producers wanted to go for, who can tell? But his performance isn’t clean and brings the confident he has shown clearly in Daredevil (2015-) where is brilliant. Here, he’s on the other side.
The whole movie almost takes forever to end. All the third act depends all together on how these characters intervene with each other. They build up to two teams that work against each other. All the old male actors work against each other brings some entertainment value. Maybe, not as high as would want it to be but it’s clearly that they all can show in a low-budget drama like this movie. Some of these actors provide a more distinguish appearance than other which brings more depth to some characters. Tom Courtenay, who plays Kenny, is quite convincing in his performance for this character. Michael Caine and Jim Broadbent are more solid. The whole movie plays only on the surface, not so much depth.
And since it’s a true crime story, it’s easy to figure out that all the old men get prison sentence while Basil, Charlie Cox, runs away with stolen money and the diamantes.