#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A middle-aged crime boss smugly reflects back from 1999, narrating the brutality which made him triumphant – and feared. As an unnamed young hood in Swinging 60’s London, he aped his mod boss Freddie Mays, and seemed to do anything for him. But his narration exposes all-consuming envy: of Freddie’s supremacy, and especially his tall bird. The baby shark develops his viciousness and backstabbing, scheming to be Gangster No. 1.
Plot: An old gangster is advised that Freddie Mays would leave jail after thirty years in prison. His mood changes and he recalls when he was a young punk and who joined Freddie’s gang—a man he both envied and ultimately betrayed.
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Dark, Sharp, Shrewd: Magnificent.
The first thing I notice is the cover-jacket. It is littered with the critic’s gushing praise ; ` Diamond-edged performances’ spews one filmic muso.
Hmmm…I’m immediately suspicious. Films The Truman Show and Existenz also garnered such critical acclaim yet, suspiciously and unfortunately, seemed to do absolutely nothing for me.
So how does Gangster No.1 fare?
Well, ladies and gents, believe the hype. If Gangster No 1 was a man, it would be diamond geezer.
Gangster No1 is a gem, albeit a very dark one. A brutal black comedy and an ultra-hip crime-flick in one – it’s a cockney masterpiece, a genuine Pearly King of a movie.
The year is 1968 and our eponymous hero (we only ever know him as `Gangster’) is taken under the wing of Freddie Mays, the quintessential East End gangleader. Though Freddie is young he has already earned himself a chilling moniker, the ‘Butcher of Mayfair’, and a great wad of cash. Gangster begins working for Freddie, collects debts here, breaks a few legs there, but soon has his eyes on the bigger prize – to be Gangster No.1. To be like Freddie. Soon Gangster is plotting his ascent, murdering fellow gang members and precipitating an internecine gang war on his way up the ladder.
So far, so unoriginal, I hear you say. But what distinguishes Gangster No.1 from its rather lame contemporaries (think Circus and 24 Hours in London) is its razor-sharp dialogue and superb performances. The scene where our gangster confronts a gang member suspected of being in cohoots with a rival is simply electrifying.
Paul Bettany manages to be menacing, piteous and ultra-cool all at once with a frighteningly realistic turn in the title role. David Thewlis too, as Freddie Mays, is faultless. Malcolm McDowell provides a suitably cockney-fied voice over, but later reappearing in person as an older version of our Gangster to provide the motivation behind the insightful denounement.
One slight criticism. The old `end of act-two problem’ rears its ugly head at around an hour and fifteen minutes. Yes, the film becomes bogged down rather as Malcolm McDowell goes on a panicky cockney walkabout waiting for Freddie Mays to be released from prison. And when the two finally meet, in what was once Freddie May’s luxury 60’s pad, the scene isn’t quite as explosive as you’d hoped it might be.
Nevertheless, Gangster No1 is an excellent film. A credible gangster flick, a stylish revisiting of the 60’s East End, a cracking script, and spot-on dialogue.
Oh and the critics were right, the performances are ` diamond -edged’. Funny that.
My brief review of the film
The story might be rather ordinary and it may become less interesting after the first hour or so, but this is generally intriguing stuff. The film is effectively narrated and performed by Malcolm McDowell, but Paul Bettany is the one who really shines here, replicating McDowell’s charisma as an uncaring and violent youth, whilst also injecting some of his own spirit into his character. The film is rather clever in fact with how it uses McDowell and what he has come to stand for, with a number of interesting echoes of A Clockwork Orange throughout the film. The biggest problem that I found in the whole production was that the flashbacks to the 1960s looked just like the present with no feel for the era. But really, other than that and a story that is not out of the ordinary, this is a well made film with an interesting visual and audio style, and quality acting to top it all off.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 43 min (103 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director Paul McGuigan
Writer Johnny Ferguson (screenplay adaptation), Louis Mellis (original screenplay), David Scinto (original screenplay)
Actors Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, Paul Bettany, Saffron Burrows
Country UK, Germany, Ireland
Awards 1 win & 9 nominations.
Production Company NFH Productions, Pagoda Film
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Aaton Camera, Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, London, UK (processing)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm