Honeymoon is a movie that has a seed of something good buried deep within it, unfortunately not a single person in the production knew how to build towards or atop of it, or grow it into anything worthwhile. The idea slips away into the ether just as miserably as the time I spent watching this garbage.
The first hour is atrocious and only marginally gets intriguing before reverting back to ineptitude. Bad dialogue, slipping accents, zero chemistry, and no payoff makes 80 of it’s dreadfully long 88 minute run-time unwatchable. Two lines into the film the lovely and typically must-watch Rose Leslie noticeably changes her accent 3 times. Co-star Harry Treadaway does just as well staying within the lingual bounds.
As for the newlywed aspect, delivery and chemistry feels as if two people became really good friends quickly, but spent a few too many days in a row together and need a break because they’re already a little worn out of each other. Luckily there isn’t a ton of dialogue in this film.
If the story were at all interesting through the first hour it might make up for the terrible acting, but it takes until the very end to discover that potentially good idea buried so deeply. But does that slight pique of interest lead to anything? Of course not, it just provides enough interest to momentarily distract you from nitpicking everything onscreen out of sheer boredom.
A good horror shock ending makes you realize the pieces you’ve picked up along the way fit in a way you didn’t expect, they don’t throw them all on the floor in front of you in the final minutes and hope you pick them up, to which you to stare at them and reply “Fuck you”. The ending is a blindsiding of absurd and even if the final punchline landed it would still have been deflected by your armor of “I stopped giving a shit 45 minutes ago”. Divorce yourself from the idea of watching this mess.
Benedict Cumberbatch is odds-on to be nominated for an Oscar (at the very least) for his brilliant turn as Alan Turing, the Second World War code-breaker who in 1951 was convicted for gross indecency over a homosexual act.
It’s the performance of his career in what is also the best British film of the year.
Kaleem Aftab, The Independent’s review of The Imitation Game