1956. London tailor Leonard moved to Chicago, where he opened his own atelier. His clients include gangsters, among others. One evening, the wounded son of a powerful gangster and his bodyguard show up at the atelier, ambushed by a rival gang.
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The Englishman Leonard migrated from London long ago during the war. The first of his clients turned out to be a future Mafia boss, Monsieur Roy. Leo established himself as a personal tailor whose clients were not angels, but wicked men. In his old age, his everyday life is brightened by his caring secretary Mabel, in whom he adores and treats ‘almost like a daughter’.
But one night he overworked honing his skills, he becomes an unwitting accomplice to the events that involve him in a criminal whirlwind of revealing the rats. He will have to show his own wit to untangle the tangle and save not only himself but also those he still cares about.
The cast: Mark Ralance has established himself as an unhurried man who hides his feelings and creates a double agent over the course of any movie, but is such a good-natured sixty-two year old man that you want to hug and hold him tightly, regardless of what his character will end up being. First of all, while watching it, you, like me, will have the feeling that the Oscar winner is copying his Spielberg’s ‘Bridge of Spies’ look. Of course, you can not say that he fully coincides with the same image, because here his character seems quite harmless, but by the end, he makes a second bottom, which makes the picture fascinating, exciting and the detective genre fully justifies all the subsequent actions of the hero in the beginning.
Zoey Deutch, oddly enough, plays a girl whose character, if she existed not in 1956 but in the modern world, would be quite the same. But it’s nice that she doesn’t play the youthful bitches, the badass heroines that all the directors are used to seeing, but each one has her own twist. Her Mabel shares hard feelings with Ralance’s character, but she doesn’t try to warm up to him. She respects him and is infinitely grateful for the job he gives her. Except that she is dissatisfied with her life, which makes her hate her father and dream of getting out of the Chicago shithole. Besides, all Leonard’s attempts to consider her his daughter Mabel are unsuccessful. Their opinions are mutual. No one prying into someone else’s fate, much less into each other’s soul. But, she initially got involved with the wrong boy.
Malacholy Richie, played by O’Brien, puts no one on a pedestal except the two personalities he trusts as himself. But, because of his inexperience and becomes the catalyst for all the problems for the characters (as it seems at first glance). His character could have kept up the decorum if he hadn’t grown up in ‘The Outfit’. What came out is what came out of Daddy’s boy.
Worth noting is the notorious Francis, played by Johnny Flynn. His character keeps his face to the mob boss, to whom he owes a lot, even when the trigger is pointed at him he quickly finds a way out of the situation. But despite his stony face, his character is not lacking in intelligence, he is the same boy (like Richie at heart), but who has seen a lot, who has a lot of experience under his belt and who caught a couple of olives for a reason – he will stop at nothing just to expose the traitor. Unless the traitor is not himself. Even if the viewer wondered who the ‘double agent’ really was, it is much harder to identify. And if one is tempted – as I am – to think of Francis as that agent, it’s worth pausing and wondering whether you’re in too much of a hurry.
Everything else: Graham Moore’s Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning best adapted screenplay about cryptographer Alan Turing, who decrypted the secret ‘Enigma’ message, goes into battle again. This time he takes on a plot simple at first glance based on the trust of the mafia and the local tailor, who is often confused with the tailor. The hero in Graham’s plot, is involved in a seemingly simple criminal situation. Raylance’s character does not intend to use his skills, earned through years of practice in his store in the neighborhood, controlled by the mafia. Along the way, we can cut into Graham and McClain’s work as we understand from the mouth of one of the unspoken heroes what’s what. An important record plays in the case, without which ‘The Outfit,’ the organization founded by Al Capone, would be an easy target. If the viewer thinks a quiet and calm solution to a problem with the help of a vastly experienced outfitter is the limit of the plot, you’d be wrong. Wedging into the situation with La Fontaine’s opposing organizations and the licked Irish we are shown a double bottom. And the climactic final twist of the picture will show a triple bottom, after which you will have no doubts about the honesty and diligence of one of the characters.
Impressions: this is a terrific piece of crime drama, woven over the course of the plot like a detective story of multiple characters deciding their fate, but none of the bottoms are fixated on identifying the main enemy, despite a brief jocular ‘seemingly’ confession by Mark’s character to inexperienced Richie (Dylan). An added plus of the picture is that despite the action unfolding after an eleven-year hiatus after the war, the entire plot, though it develops in Chicago, is all in the same store location.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (71.2 Mb/s)
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 2.00:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.00:1
English: Dolby TrueHD with Dolby Atmos 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)