Franklyn review

Franklyn follows the odd lonely lives of a handful of twenty-somethings, played by an impressive, but under-, even mis-used cast, as they wile away their time being pretentious in London and a Wachowski brothers knock-off alternative-universe London with completely irrelevant religious overtones.

Much of the duration of the film is spent wondering if any of the threads are really going anywhere, but they do, eventually, which is both relieving and satisfying, at least to some extent. When the issue the film is actually addressing is revealed, though, it is not wholly unexpected but it is incredibly lightweight and shallow, almost insultingly so.

Franklyn isn’t half as clever as it thinks it is, but it is a brave film and it will be interesting to see what the filmmakers come up with next.

3 out of 5

6th Mar 2009