More than making us feel pathos and admiration for a drug dealer, Ali gets us to stop thinking of him as a drug dealer, or even as a father figure, but as a man becoming undone by the discovery of the damage his work does.
Bennett puts on clinic of giddy social ineptitude as the buffoonish would-be suitor to flighty Frederica. His posture, face and line readings tickle in a manner few performances do. “Bit of a rattle”, indeed.
Ehrenreich positively steals the show as a moon-crooning, spaghetti-roping, fish-out-of-water cowboy forced into a confusing world of parlour etiquette. Wish the movie was as consistently hysterical. Would that it were so simple.
Whatever it is that's possessed Ralph Fiennes here, let's hope it sticks around. He's the much needed bolt of electricity as a man without an 'off' switch in Luca Guadagnino's latest tale of privileged tragedy. Dance, Ralph, dance!
The 'motivational coach in a sports movie' role is a pretty well-worn archetype at this point, but Oyelowo brings a natural warmth and chemistry with his young costars that enhances the character. Earnest without being joyless.
Jeff Bridges in Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea
Stephen McKinley Henderson in Fences
Issei Ogata in Silence
Michael Shannon in Nocturnal Animals