Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1h 29m
Get ready for a night on the tiles! Scrabble tiles that is.
Bill Nighy stars in this elegant comedy drama as Alan a retired Merseyside tailor whose youngest son Michael stormed out during a game of scrabble at the age of seventeen never to be seen again.
As the films opens, decades later, an unidentified body that might be Michael’s is in the morgue and Alan is meeting up with his elder son Peter (Sam Riley) to view it. As they spend time together Alan tentatively starts to reconnect with Peter, the son he’s neglected whilst fixating on the one who left. For a character obsessed with words Alan is terrible at communicating and manages to put his foot in it on a regular basis.
Director Carl Hunter, here with his feature film directorial debut, may be better known as the bassist with Liverpudlian band The Farm, but on the strength of this outing will be a director to watch in the future. The film has a unique style, balancing realism and whimsy and an equal share of quirk, warmth and heart with a career best performance by Nighy.