Novel “Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem” by Peter Ackroyd.
Juan Carlos Medina
Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Eddie Marsan, Douglas Booth, Daniel Mays
In Victorian London a police inspector is assigned to the case of the Limehouse Golem, a series of spectacularly grisly murders. One of the possible suspects is dead, apparently poisoned by his wife , a successful music hall artist, who is being tried for murder. Are the two crimes connected, and if so can she be saved?
Scenes in the grimy underbelly of Victorian London, alternating with the bright lights and behind the scenes bustle of the music hall. The Golem’s mutilations of the murdered victims also appear to be performances. There is a bit of nudity and sex, some slightly dodgy accents and the police inspector looking thoughtful.
Although premiered in 2016 this movie did not make it to general release until 2017, seen by some to be a reflection on the likely public reception. Our cinema was the subject of a power cut half way through the performance, but we were sufficiently intrigued to go back the following day to see the rest. Worth the ticket price we thought.
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