I’ve had the trailer for London Boulevard open in a browser tab for several days now, and I hadn’t been able to muster the enthusiasm to watch it. It was the title, if I’m being honest, as that’s almost all I knew about the movie, from William Monahan — the screenwriter behind The Departed and Kingdom of Heaven — making his directorial debut. It stars Colin Farrel, Keira Knightley, and Anna Friel, and it’s another British gangster flick, which — in the wake of Guy Ritchie — have gotten to be a little passé.
But then I saw the trailer. And Jesus Christ, what’s took me so long. It’s a goddamn fantastic trailer. Farrell is one of those guys who I like, but who I never really seek out, but then, I almost always end up digging his performances. Like In Bruges, another movie it took me a few months to convince myself to watch. And now it’s our 11th best movie of the Aughts. I don’t expect as much brilliance from London Boulevard, but even half of that, and it may be one of the year’s best. Unfortunately, for those of us in America, that year will be 2011 (it opens early next year), while those in Britain will get to enjoy it next month. Assholes.
Here’s the trailer: