Terence Stamp is back, guys. And this time, the highly-revered actor (“I don’t like to do crap [films] unless I haven’t got the rent”) sports a contemptuous scowl and a hard-hearted exterior, playing a grumpy old pensioner learning to cope with his wife’s terminal illness. Song For Marion sees Stamp as you’ve never seen him before; regularly putting on the kettle and for the first time, acknowledging his 70+ age in this heart-warming tale about discovering that it’s never too late to discover who you truly are.
From the outside it seems as if this latest British crime thriller ticks all the right boxes. Mark Strong as a bad guy? Tick. Ridley Scott producing? Tick. Cop versus criminal, car chases, bullets flying everywhere and anywhere? Tick. Trouble is, one can’t escape the feeling that someone’s thrust some big-name actors and an exhausted plotline into an A Level project, making Welcome to the Punch mediocre at its best and laborious at its worst.
Could this be another cult-horror killer?
Turns out it’s possible to love her even more.