Flash Movie Review: Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
ALL the furniture was pushed into the center of the room. A large old tarp with splotches of color looking like fireworks was covering all of the pieces. A white haired man dressed in white overalls was carefully outlining the walls with fresh paint. Using a paintbrush that he told me was made of natural bristles, he started at the top of the wall making his way across by sidestepping down a plank of wood he had stuck between two ladders. Once the top of the walls were all done he slowly filled the sides all around so each wall looked like it was a blank picture frame. I would watch him pour cans of paint into a big bucket, stirring it like it was a thick porridge. Once he was satisfied he would start at one side of the room and begin to paint in the walls. He had a steady rhythm as his arm would rise and fall, leaving a trail of fresh paint from his brush or roller. The thing that amazed me the most about him was his overalls; I do not recall every seeing any drops of paint on them. He told me he had been painting houses ever since he got out of high school. Though he may have been in his early 60s, which meant he had been doing this for decades, he still felt the same pride for every paint job. TIMES have changed as far as I can tell. Over at a friend’s house recently, they showed me the poor job their painter did on their front door. The new color did not always reach the boundaries of the door or it would go beyond. It was ghastly looking and he was quite upset. I have had my share of poor service either from repair people in my home or out at a store. Recently in the news I assume most of you have seen the videos of poor customer service with some airlines. It almost looks like a war situation doesn’t it? One has to wonder if some employees are afraid to let people know what they do for a living when they are not at work. It is something the main character in this dramatic crime story experienced on a daily basis. FOLLOWING in the footsteps of his uncle and father Albert Pierrepoint, played by Timothy Spall (Harry Potter franchise, Secrets & Lies), wanted to surpass their records and be the best in the country. He just did not want anyone to know. Based on true events, this film festival winning biography also starred Juliet Stevenson (Bend it Like Beckham, Mona Lisa Smile) as Anne Fletcher, Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes franchise, V for Vendetta) as James ‘Tish’ Corbitt and James Corden (Begin Again, Into the Woods) as Kirky. With Timothy’s outstanding performance I was quickly tied up into the story. It really provided the viewer with things to think about regarding one’s profession, beliefs and feelings. I have to say the topic was something I had not given much thought to and ironically it has been in the news recently. No matter what is your belief system regarding the industry Albert dwells in, I think there is much to gain by watching this DVD. My guess is no one would have thought customer service would be a part of this story.
3 ¼ stars — DVD
Posted on May 11, 2017, in Drama and tagged 3 1/4 stars, based on true events, biography, britain, crime, drama, eddie marsan, film festival winner, james corden, juliet stevenson, timothy spall. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.
Well shoot I was looking for something on Netflix streaming tonight and saw this, but apparently they don’t stream it anymore.
Bummer it is not streamed. I hope you still get to see this at some point.
If you saw my review of Burden, I understand it is available on VOD. Thanks for the comments.
I watched this a few years ago when it was broadcast on British TV. I had just read a biography of Pierrepoint so I was worried I would find it boring because it would repeat what I had just read. The performances, however – especially Spall’s – were so strong that I was instantly and completely engaged.
Thank you so much for your comments Laura. I would be curious how the reaction was from the TV audience when it was broadcast.
I can’t recall but I think it was well received by critics.
It looks amazing. I got goosebumps with just the trailer. Thanks for the share.
It was such a fascinating study; I hope you get to see it. Thank you for the comments.
A gripping trailer, and Spall is quite a fantastic actor. I’m sure this would be a great movie; though, strangely, I don’t believe I want to see it. I’ll let this one go…
I believe I can see why someone would not want to see this movie. If ever you decided to see it, I would enjoy hearing what you thought of it. Thank you for the comments.