So film club went to see Lawless and lived to tell the tale!
I had concerns about the violence in the film as expressed in a previous post. Truth is I shouldn’t have worried there were no complaints (that I know of) although I know I winced on a few occasions.
Tom Hardy is the show stealer in this film giving a powerful performance through presence. A man of few words but can say a lot through some well placed grunting. Hardy is developing into of one of the finest actors of his generation and this film could be a defining moment for him.
The lovely folk over at Movie Writing have written a full review that I will reblog in order to give more background info on the film plot etc.
Lawless is focused on justice. Outlaws who deserve justice due to the frankly abhorrent Special Deputy played with menacing finesse by Guy Pearce.
At the end of the day human nature craves justice for those who are wronged regardless of their circumstances. The men portrayed are criminals but the injustices they suffer are greater therefore we empathise and will them on to prevail.
Justice is a biblical concept, we should seek justice for the oppressed, for the abused, for those who have experienced wrongs in fact we are commanded to in Isaiah 1:17
“Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” Micah 6:8 also tells us
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Lawless is potentially one of the films of the year. It is also a cry to remember that everyone is entitled to justice.
A great review of Lawless is here by Amy at Movie Writing