Lost in London is Woody Harrelson’s audacious dwell film challenge. The idea of a whole movie shot dwell conjures a number of potential outcomes in the creativeness – although none results in the expectation of a cinematic masterpiece. Yet Lost in London rises to the technical problem it units itself and delivers as a heartwarming, humorous, well-performed film expertise that hooks the viewer with the intrigue of the premise, but holds them spellbound with the ability of the storytelling.
Loosely based mostly on true occasions, Lost in London tells the story of 1 evening in Woody Harrelson’s life, fifteen years earlier, when he’s taking part in a straight, tedious drama on the West End to bored audiences, on a day when a intercourse scandal he’s concerned in has made newspaper headlines. Keen to maintain the sordid revelation from his spouse Laura (Eleanor Matsuura), he intercepts her at dinner and makes an attempt to take her again to the resort earlier than she will discover out. Cue an embarrassing scene on the restaurant, after which Woody realises his marriage is on the rocks. Unwelcome along with his household on the resort, he as a substitute accepts the supply of a drink with party-goers, however little does he know his troubles are solely simply beginning…
Lost in London descends into a night Woody wouldn’t describe as his best as he throws up in a younger girl’s mouth, has a battle with Owen Wilson (his greatest buddy), tries to steal cash from a person in a wheelchair and finally ends up working from the police. Just if you suppose issues can’t get any worse for Harrelson – destiny intervenes to throw him one other twisted chunk of imply outdated karma.
There is a lot this film has going for it, but it surely’s constructed on strong foundations, for the reason that script is well-written and filled with humour. Only the very first scene, in which Harrelson comes off stage and chats to Alex (Ade Oyefeso), feels barely pressured, maybe as a result of it’s not clear who Alex is supposed to be or the place the story goes – but it surely’s the one section that feels scripted and carried out. Once we attain the restaurant, the story grabs you, and the primary hints of the surreal comedy which might be to comply with emerge as Harrelson’s youngsters tie collectively diners’ shoelaces below the desk, unleashing chaos.
Woody Harrelson could be very well-supported in the film by Owen Wilson, and the very best factors are when they’re on display collectively. The banter is brilliantly humorous, and a masterclass in self-deprecation by each stars, particularly because it follows a wonderful second in which Harrelson protests his movie star standing to unconvinced bouncers. For particular moments, it eclipses even an look from the Dalai Lama of Texas himself – Willie Nelson.
Supporting performances don’t let the aspect down, both. Eleanor Matsuura is a superb foil because the dignified Laura, who’s a voice of cause and sanity amid the unfolding anarchy. Martin McCann retains you guessing as as to if he’s good cop or unhealthy cop, and British sitcom stalwart Robert Gillespie seems as a chilled-out, mystical taxicab driver – simply at a second when Harrelson desperately wants him to place his foot down. The juxtaposition is hilarious!
Ultimately the film belongs to Woody Harrelson, who needs to be congratulated for an astounding achievement, not solely in creating the movie, however in performing the total gamut of feelings over the house of an hour and a half. Sure, you possibly can argue that he does that on stage, and that tv drama was shot dwell – so is it actually groundbreaking? But with Lost in London, Harrelson combines a stage-worthy commanding central efficiency with the achievement of a technically advanced, particular results and make-up dependent manufacturing filmed primarily in one take. To say he exceeds expectations is an understatement – what Harrelson pulls off (in writing, directing and starring) is damned close to miraculous, and he’s winningly heat, cheeky and charming in the method.
At instances, Lost in London made this reviewer howl with laughter, and likewise cry. There’s a scene in direction of the top which managed each. It’s simple to change into emotionally invested in this poignant, private, usually weird and all the time compelling movie. In revealing his vulnerabilities and failings as a human, Harrelson connects with the viewers in a method we’ve maybe not seen in such element earlier than. What I took away from Lost in London was not how technically sensible it’s, however how surprisingly affecting the emotional punch is.
The shot-as-live high quality will not be a gimmick, however a approach to obtain a way of actuality with which to suck the viewers into the drama of a mad and in any other case implausible evening that so rapidly descends right into a maelstrom, the place solely good humour and a Reggae-obsessed Bono on loudspeaker can information Woody out.
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Daniel Radcliffe, Willie Nelson, Eleanor Matsuura, Martin McCann, Ade Oyefeso, Robert Gillespie, Bono Director: Woody Harrelson Writer: Woody Harrelson Released by: Signature Entertainment Certificate: 12 Duration: 104 minutes Release date: 4th March 2019