(Amber Heard, Gemma Chan, Billy Bob Thornton, Theo James, et al / DVD / R / 2019)
Overview: Clairvoyant femme fatale Nicola Six (Amber Heard) has been living with a dark premonition of her impending death by murder.
She begins a tangled love affair with three uniquely different men: one of whom she knows will be her murderer.
DVD Verdict: OK, whilst this is not an Oscar-worthy film, it really is incredibly fun and entertaining to watch. I sat down with friends to watch it and we all agreed that it was well worthy of our time.
In the vein of a sexy film-noir classic, please don't listen to the en masse of negative reviews out there as they really only pertain to the behind-the-scenes disruptions and bs going on with Amber Heard at the time (the movie was actually filmed and in the can many years ago!).
Anyway aside from all that malarkey, Amber Heard (who wasn't first choice as the lead, that was actually co-star Gemma Chan) is seductive and innocent, and on the brink of proving she's a good actress here.
Also featuring a rather super performance by Jim Sturgess, the man is quite easily the King of every single scene he is present in! Billy Bob Thornton and Theo James are both rather solid in their respective suitor roles also and, oh yeah, watch out for a cameo from Heard's then-boyfriend, Johnny Depp!
Enhanced here with music choices that make sense to each scene and cinematic color that bleeds and blends seamlessly, the differences in how the characters are introduced and how we are made to care for them has been superbly crafted.
Their stories unfolds smoothly, never rushed, the Who-Will-Do-It scenario never overplayed nor misjudged when it comes to the big reveal.
Indeed, if you ever get the chance to watch the Director's Cut please do so as it is so much more layered and well crafted. You can feel the attention, care and skill involved in this fuller version, that's all.
In closing, the locations, attention to detail, choices of images and where to push makes 'London Fields' more than a movie; it's an excellent piece of art for its time. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.