LAST OF THE HIGH KINGS, THE: DVD
It is 1977 in Dublin, at a time when the world rocked to the music of Thin Lizzie and was stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. This is the 'coming of age' story of 17 year old Frankie Griffin (Jared Leto), who is plagued by his fiery anarchic mother (Catherine O'Hara), who survives on Guinness, cigarettes and her burning sense of Irish nationalism. Caught between acne and adulthood, broke, obsessed by rock music and dreams of Californian beach girls, Frankie searches for independence through the summer between leaving school and starting the rest of his life.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
A gently disappointing film, The Last of the High Kings forever skirts emotional engagement, flirts with dramatic tension, woos romanticism and tries to seduce with Irish charm.
Sadly, the script is far too underpowered, and the good looking young star (Jared Leto) suffers from photogenesis where we would have liked inner charisma. Catherine O'Hara's Mum is a good turn, and a wholly contradictory Irish character, full of pride and passion, rapid emotional curves and a good dose of bigotry - as well as a dollop of decent pragmatism.
Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Rea and Christina Ricci are all wasted in incidental characters that, while performed brilliantly, add nothing to the film's value where it matters. It all makes the film a long 104 minutes
Published November 10, 2005
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LAST OF THE HIGH KINGS, THE: DVD (M15+)
CAST: Jared Leto, Catherine O'Hara, Christina Ricci, Gabriel Byrne, Des Braden, Lorraine Pilkington, Emily Mortimer, Jason Barry, Karl Hayden, Darren Monks, Peter Keating, Stephen Rea, Colm Meaney
PRODUCER: Tim Palmer
DIRECTOR: David Keating
SCRIPT: David Keating, Gabriel Byrne (based on novel by Ferdia MacAnna)
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Bernd Heinl
RUNNING TIME: 104minutes
PRESENTATION: 4:3; audio Dolby AC3
SPECIAL FEATURES: none
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Entertainment/Hopscotch
DVD RELEASE: October 20, 2005