Over the weekend I watched the British gangster drama L4yer Cak3 (or Layer Cake). Some thoughts:
- Daniel Craig was an intriguing and different James Bond in Casino Royale, but I think he was even better in this movie as a troubled gangster. He plays anguish and moral ambiguity well.
- Any movie that features both Michael Gambon and Colm Meaney is worth seeing. Aldus Dumbledore (version 2.0) and Lieutenant O’Brien, together!
- It appears that Sienna Miller is in the movie primarily so Daniel Craig will have a reason to take off his shirt. If that’s what it takes, then so be it.
- The Wikipedia entry for this movie attempts to outline the plot. It seems at first as if it might succeed, but then sort of gives up. Still, it makes a noble effort.
- It is possible to follow the plot as you watch the movie. If you try though, you will probably not be able to avoid noticing the many plot holes scattered throughout.
- But plot holes don’t necessarily ruin a movie. The Big Sleep, for example, is riddled with inconsistencies, but it’s fantastic. Layer Cake stands up to its own flaws as well.
- If you like films with twisty plots of gamblers two-timing each other, you will enjoy this movie.
- The Wikipedia entry for Layer Cake also contains this tempting tidbit: The movie is based on a book by the same name, and that book has a sequel. It’s reasonable to assume that there will be a sequel to the movie as well. Yum!