Critic Consensus: Gerald McMorrow's bold debut is a complex and ambitious film that highlights the director's potential, but its multi-layered story takes time to develop and might be frustrating for some.
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Critic Reviews for Franklyn
Franklyn is wonky and self-defeating: there are lots of gauche moments. Still, it's entertaining, and commendable for its strangeness.
An admirably non-formulaic drama, which manages to reconcile the opposed British film traditions of contemporary, realistic, low-key character drama with eccentric, flamboyant, Gothic fantasy. It certainly marks out McMorrow as a talent to watch.
'Franklyn' has conceptual boldness and visual imagination that set it apart from the pack.
It's a convoluted piece of storytelling that repays more on a visual level than on a logical one. But you can't fault its ambition and imagination.
He is aiming high. And yet, to use a recondite and specialist critical term, this film is massively up itself.
Audience Reviews for Franklyn
McMorrow takes a bold shot in his directing debut, making an ambitious film that has a very original idea, but the problem is that the plot begins so complex and hard to understand that, by the time it reaches one hour, it is already too confusing for us to care.
A very strange, surreal film with great visuals for the fantasyland at least. The only problem you have to wait a long time before you get any idea of what is going on as we flick from modern day London to a future metropolis set city with strange looking characters. A solid cast and nice story that comes together....eventually, but it feels like a lot is left unexplained.
Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Eva Green, Sam Riley, Bernard Hill, Jay Fuller, Art Malik, Kika Markham, Gary Pillai, Susannah York Director: Gerald McMorrow Summary: In the futuristic Meanwhile City, a masked vigilante (Ryan Phillippe) seeks out his nemesis while in contemporary London, an art student (Eva Green) attempts to kill herself, a heartbroken lover (Sam Riley) looks for someone new and a father (Bernard Hill) searches for his son. Writer-director Gerald McMorrow sci-fi drama follows these desperate individuals as their lives become intertwined by fate. My Thoughts: "Completely through me for a loop, and I felt so lost for the majority of the film. Then by the end comes the AHA moment and all makes since in that world. Very interesting movie. Eva Green is the star of the film though. Her acting was so tormented and beautifully done. I loved the look of the gothic dark city. It was depressingly beautiful. I can't say I loved the film, but it was and is worth the watch."