Had no expectations what so ever, and as I found out, I am glad I didn’t.
London Boulevard is one of those films that had everything it needed, but just disassembled as the story progressed.
The film completely fails to establish a coherent and logical connection between the main characters; they always seem as if they are completely disconnected from each other, but most importantly from the main story. A good example of this is the relationship between Mitchell and his homeless friend. This is relevant because this relationship triggers the main plots direction.
You never understand why is it that the death of the homeless guy had such a big impact on Mitchell, where did they meet? What was their past together?
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think everything has to be explained or given to the viewer in a platter, but you need to establish a good solid base for the story so that there is a logical guide, even if it’s a very narrow line, we need to have it.
Chris Nolan is a director that masters this, and regardless of how chaotic and complex his story line might be, one never loses the sense of direction, it’s as if you are being taken somewhere with your eyes closed, but you know that when you open them, everything suddenly makes sense.
William Monahan does exactly that, except that he never really takes the hood off your eyes, and fails to tell you that he is taking you to straight to an abyss.
So I guess this set the tone for later events, where nothing is explained, and nothing makes any sense. Gant finds Mitchell, and immediately wants to hire him because he took an accidental beating that he couldn’t run from? This makes so little sense that even Mitchell In the middle of this dialogue makes this exact point.
London Boulevard is a film that has a fantastic cast, but director had no idea where to take them, which is why I am giving it a 35% overall rating.