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Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro fulfills a longstanding desire to remake Akira Kurosawa's 1952 classic Ikiru, transferring the setting to England in the same timeframe, with Bill Nighy inheriting Takashi Shimura's lead role as a jaded civil servant jolted out of his staid existence by a cancer diagnosis.

The transferred social context is an obvious fit for Ishiguro, given there are some similarities to The Remains of the Day. Nighy, conversely, is playing a bit against the type audiences have come to expect from him, but he's also excellent. I was also really impressed by Aimee Lou Wood, in the role of his sympathetic subordinate. Tom Burke, from The Souvenir, also makes an impression.

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22 hours ago, SeanC said:

Tom Burke, from The Souvenir, also makes an impression.

Shallow, I know, but I just don't like his looks.  I think it's because he looks just like that guy C.T. from the Real World/Road Rules Challenge shows, and I always thought C.T. was singularly unattractive.  Didn't like Burke in The Souvenir, either, but that worked for me because his character wasn't likable in that one.

And I'm not familiar with Alex Sharp, who played Mr. Wakeling, but I kept seeing McLovin from Superbad

And finally, on looks, I really do enjoy Nighy's face.  And I know he was playing a dying man in this, but at my screening, they showed a trailer for the new Book Club movie, and I was wondering how far apart he and Jane Fonda are in age.  He's 12 years younger than her.  Someone hasn't been spending all his time at the plastic surgeon.

As for the movie, I very much enjoyed it.  I particularly loved the opening; I was wondering if I was in the wrong theater for a minute there.  I saw it on a Sunday afternoon and if two people hadn't come in 40 minutes late (the hell???), I would have had a private screening.  So if you're wanting to see it in a theater, it might be best to hustle up because I don't think it's going to be there long.

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