Peacock

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A stellar cast feature in this unusual little film – an interesting slow burner raised by strong performances and a coolly distant direction. It’s a 3 star movie lifted to four thanks to the cast, and depending on whether or not you let yourself be pulled into the story. Cillian Murphy stars in a dual role (or triple role if we want to be accurate), playing both a man and woman, ostensibly husband and wife. Everything seems to be going perfect – John (Murphy) is a shy, quiet Bank employee with a split personality disorder whose quiet life is interrupted by a train crash in his back yard – he just happens to be dressed as a woman at the time as his other persona Emma. Bringing in some of the town’s political power players and media attention neither personality wants, Emma begins to come out of her shell more and take over John’s body. When Ellen Page’s single mother Maggie enters the fray, secrets are revealed and a war of wits ensues.

Curious, or interesting are perhaps the best ways to describe the film, rather than thought-provoking; curious rather than engaging. The main leads do a great job in their respective roles, including Sarandon and some of the lesser characters – but overall the movie sinks or swims on the power of Murphy’s performance. Murphy’s John is constantly on edge, visibly close to some explosive physical outburst, while Emma is cool, sly, calculating, though both personalities grow and shift throughout the film. Page is reliable as always, though here her usual skills are restrained showing a different side to what we have come to expect. I wasn’t aware of Director Michael Lander, yet this debut is assured ans skillful – he is in command and evokes a grim tone and sense of uncertainty as the film progresses (the score helps) and he manages to maintain a coherent plot which could easily have slipped into nonsense. It’s not likely to be one which many will ever see, and I wouldn’t quite categorize it as a cult movie, but for those looking for something a little different, and for fans of the cast, it’s one to give a go.

Have you seen Peacock? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Peacock

  1. thejoanreview May 17, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Hey! You’d liked one of my reviews and I ended up coming to your page to check it out. Which is an understatement I’ve spend the last 30-40 minutes reading reviews on your page and realized “Holy shit i’m supposed to be writing content or my page!” I like your stuff and you have a good writing voice, mine is a work in progress as i’m new to all this.
    Anyway, concerning Peacock, this is one of those films that when I mention it to people who have only just begun to get into Cillian Murphy via Peaky Blinders, nobody has heard of. Some people remember him from 28 days later and Inception and few recognize him as scarecrow from the dark night trilogy but nobody knows about Peacock. I think it’s a good character indie flick, it really is one of those understated films. I can see how some people might find it boring but I think like you stated that Murphy’s performance is worth watching in this movie. Not to mention the always great Susan Sarandon and Ellen Page, another person people have a hard time placing in movies, with a few exceptions of course, or they mistake her for Linda Cardellini. Overall I think its a good movie if you’re looking a little off the beaten path.

    • carlosnightman May 17, 2016 / 5:55 pm

      Thanks, and welcome aboard. Ellen and Linda… I’ve never heard of that confusion before, but now that you mention it I can see a comparison. I’ve been at this blogging lark for a few years now, so there are plenty of posts. Half are crap and the other half is worse. Maybe a few gems in there. I look forward to reading more of your stuff!

      • thejoanreview May 17, 2016 / 6:02 pm

        Thank you! I’d say you have more than a few gems and I look forward to your future posts as well.

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