moving adept acting and story
from london, england
, 22 Aug 2011
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Cracker- best boys
Naturally, this is gripping and Robbie Coltrane more fetching than ever- how is it possible? But its true. And it is important for at least a portion of this episode that we sense his allure we have to believe hed stick with his wife through her breakdown, and that she sticks with him. And that a fellow female cop has the hots for him despite all his failings, and his falling her. and it does work, we totally see his appeal.
Also I think only a few actors could manage to do a speech bordering on homophobia and get away with it it comes off sensitive and tolerant! Thats Robbie Coltranes talent.
What I do notice, because Ive borrowed several of Cracker episodes, is that the idea of the fatal duo a loved up couple, usually a forbidden love are the perpetrators due to the intensity and outsider-ness of their relationship are a favourite ploy of this series. Fitz divides them, showing them their harm for the other, and manages to get them to see the light. Its effective, and makes for a strong engrossing relationships running as an extra dimension to the crime. It also serves to comment in some ways on the other story always going on in these episodes which is about Fitzs character and his own home life.
In this case, one of the couple is a sensational John Simm. I suppose my only feeling of whats weak is that I did not believe until well into the story, the relationship between the two men. I did not know how and why the Liam |Cunningham character fell so fast; and then, as I suppose an instance of his increasing touchiness abt things, we see him sack a girl on the shop floor well, i am not sure it is a good example because goodness, Id have sacked her too she is leader of a gang of girls on the shop floor who terrorise this new young man working there who happens to be the object of Liams characters affections. His perception of the young man is too easily established.
This is a superb episode, as others have said too.
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