Quick Hits Movie Review:‭ ‬“What Richard Did‭”

3.5

‭“‬What Richard Did‭”‬ is the newest film from director Lenny Abrahamson.‭ ‬Abrahamson,‭ ‬who in‭ ‬2007‭ ‬won the C.I.C.A.E.‭ ‬Award for‭ ‬“Garage‭”‬ at the Cannes Film Festival,‭ ‬once again has found himself winning at the Irish Film and Television Awards as Best Director for‭ ‬“What Richard Did‭”‬.‭ ‬Needless to say,‭ ‬he is a very good director and his latest film reflects that.

When watching and rating a‭ ‬movie like this,‭ ‬yu have to take a lot into consideration.‭ ‬The film definitely had a small budget,‭ ‬so don‭’‬t expect crazy special effects or anything like that.‭ ‬These kind of films have to rely on the story,‭ ‬the actors,‭ ‬the director,‭ ‬and the overall atmosphere of the film.

The story is very‭ ‬emotional and well thought out.‭ ‬This young Irish man named Richard Karlsen‭ (‬Jack Reynor‭) ‬falls in love with a young Irish woman named Lara Hogan‭ (‬Roisin Murphy‭)‬,‭ ‬but the problem is Lara already has a boyfriend,‭ ‬Conor‭ ‬(Sam Keeley‭)‬.‭ ‬Richard eventually wins over Lara,‭ ‬but during a confrontation with Conor at a party,‭ ‬Richard ends up killing Conor in a fight and has to deal with the consequences.

The acting in‭ ‬this film was good,‭ ‬not great.‭ ‬The main characters I felt were genuinely good at their roles,‭ ‬but the supporting actors didn‭’‬t really hold up as well.‭ ‬The movie takes place in Ireland and all the actors obviously spoke with the proper accent,‭ ‬but the only problem for me is sometimes I found them hard to understand.‭

I think this is a good film that definitely deserves some attention.‭ ‬The film starts very slow and ends as soon as it seems to pick up.‭ ‬Give the film a chance though and you won‭’‬t be disappointed.‭

“What Richard Did‭”‬ is currently available on VOD.