A unique Scottish drama highlighted by the idea that James McAvoy wasn’t given a script of dialogue. I wish I had gone into this movie not knowing about the little gimmick they were pulling, because it was quite an enjoyable film that I would have probably enjoyed more had I not known. There’s a lot of uncertainty about how much of the plot James was aware of. Essentially, if he knew most of it, he basically wrote his parts on his own which doesn’t really strike me as improve. It’s less impressive in my opinion. I would like to see this same technique used in a movie where the protagonist doesn’t remember who he is or anything about his life. This way we’d be learning the information at the same time as the actor.
Gimmicks aside, this film was done pretty well. The unbelievable Scottish landscape was captured better than I could have possibly imagined. The cinematography along with the shading and coloring were vital in setting the mysterious tone of the film. The score was purposeful as well, and very deliberate. The direction from Christian Carion was as good as it gets for this type of narrative driven film.
I applaud James McAvoy for his performance, but like I said before, this film would have been just as good if he had received a script.