The Limehouse Golem: Film Review

I didn’t know an awful lot about The Limehouse Golem except it starred Douglas Booth and Bill Nighy (enough reason to watch any movie) and it’s certainly not what I expected from a Victorian murder mystery but I enjoyed it very much.

Nighy is Inspector Kildare who has been tasked with finding out who the Limehouse Golem serial killer is. One of the suspects in his investigation is John Cree (Sam Reid) but there’s one issue – he’s dead, and his wife Lizzie (Olivia Cooke) is on trial accused of poisoning him. If Kildare can prove her husband was the Golem, she will be let off, but if he can’t in time she will be hung.

The film is largely based on flashbacks as Lizzie and Kildare are chatting in prison and this feels weird structurally and hard to get into. But once her story and the other characters are established it gets into the flow and is such an intriguing watch. There are mainly two suspects: John and Lizzie’s theatre mentor Dan Leno (Booth) and because it focuses on them you know neither of them will be the Golem so you start looking elsewhere. The revelation isn’t an absolute shocker – there aren’t that many options – but it is executed nicely and an extra bit at the end has a hint of ambiguity and leaves you thinking.

I thought Cooke was excellent in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and she was equally brilliant here. Nighy is essentially the same as usual but we get to see Booth as a flamboyant performer and I loved it. Daniel Mays and Eddie Marsan have solid supporting turns too.

I thought this was going to be scary as it’s billed as a horror-thriller but it was neither of those things really. It was a simple murder mystery but more graphic/bloody than I expected. It may not have had the shocking twist I really wanted but it delivers on story and I enjoyed every moment of the journey.

In cinemas Friday 1st September

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  1. […] both cases at once? This delivers a great story and the cast are awesome. You can read my review here. Out […]

  2. […] something different, while Cooke’s part was worlds away from the character she just played in The Limehouse Golem. Yelchin is always excellent and it’s bittersweet to see him […]

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