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Two stars for Last of the Haussmans

May 19, 2012

I don’t know why I booked it. Our youngest says direction at the National is shit and I think she’s right. But Julie Walters’ name attrated me. And she does give a masterclass. Unfortunately it’s in overacting. Sprinkled with moments of reprising Mrs Overall.

Rory Kinnear and Helen Mc Crory on the other hand gave fabulous performances even when the dialogue was over contrived.

I believed Mc Crory’s tense and controlling daughter and Kinnear’s brilliant drunk junkie.  They were the reason it got any stars. Without them it would be a pedestrian, nay tedious, wander through a flabby story (with shit costumes and make up) about what happens if you have a middle class hippie for a mother.

 

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