Flashbacks of a Fool DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 7.7
Video 8.0
Audio 7.9
Total 7.7
Distributor: Disney
Classification: MA15+
Running Time:
Reviewer:
Simon O'Donnell

7.7


Flashbacks of a Fool

Flashbacks of a Fool stars the current James Bond, Daniel Craig as Joe Scott, a down and out Hollywood star who has been a victim of his lifetime that included sex, drugs and not Rock 'n' Roll but alcohol. Director Baillie Walsh who is also the writer of this at times rather clever drama movie revolves around one man's decisions in life that through personal reflection may have lead to something different.

The films begins with Joe hearing the sad news that a close childhood friend who has passed away and this causes him to reminisce of better days. From there a tale of today and yesterday begins that includes the relationship between his childhood friend Boots (Max Deacon) and Harry Eden who plays the young Joe.

In the present, Joe relies on his housekeeper for friendship that is quite hollow at times due to the current lifestyle and attitudes of our main character. Through the use of "flashbacks", the viewer is eventually introduced to the innocent Joe who in the course of his girlfriend Ruth (Felicity Jones) is introduced to the work of rock 'n' roll and eventually Evelyn, their desperate housewife who seduces Joe and leads him onto the path where he is today.

Although Flashbacks of a Fool has its moments, especially Daniel Craig who seems to be having a ball playing Joe, the flashbacks are a little forced if not contrived for the viewer. With that said, Flashbacks of a Fool is depressing, however  at the end of the day, it's a cleverly written drama that has its moments but in terms of memorable, it is a little lacking in this department. Needless to say, it's interested to see the stoic Craig as someone not as serious as James Bond.






 
 



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