Listeners of the podcast know that I recently watched Joe Wright's Atonement and that I was less than satisfied. But the film got me thinking about revisiting another adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel, a film I hadn't seen since its release on DVD five years ago, Roger Michell's Enduring Love. I was certainly aware of Daniel Craig in these days before he was Bond. I knew him from Road to Perdition, as Ted Hughes in Sylvia and from a less known (and lesser) collaboration with Michell called The Mother. But he was still in the category of character actor for me. It was Enduring Love that put him on the next level for me, making him the kind of guy who has all the great traits of a craftsman character actor while also being able to effortlessly propel a movie forward in the main role. The other eye-opening in this film is the performance of Rhys Ifans, who goes from playing funny, weird dudes to one disturbingly creepy weird dude. The third leg of this sturdy acting tripod excels in a way that is no surprise at all because her name is Samantha Morton and she has been dependably amazing in every film since I first saw her in Sweet and Lowdown a decade ago. Check out Enduring Love. Come for the phenomenal acting, stay to be seriously unsettled.
Enduring Love (2004)