Love & Rage
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Agnes (Greta Scacchi)is a wealthy Englishwoman in late 1800's Ireland who owns an estate in a small Irish village. She enjoys scandalizing the locals by being a divorced woman who smokes, drinks, and rides horses astride on her vast property.
When she sees James (Daniel Craig) at a local country fair she becomes immediately fascinated by the wild, blue-eyed Irishman who wins a brutal horserace.
James is younger than her, and beneath her social status...entirely inappropriate. But this is a woman who thrives on being seen as scandalous, so she enters into an affair with James with relish & delight.
He's a wild man, as well as a bit of a con artist, and the fact that they both seem to delight in taunting "proper" society seems to please her that much more.
But as time passes his wild behavior becomes more & more erratic, and eventually it becomes downright scary. He's unstable, and she's realizing it much too late, after he's insinuated himself pretty deeply into her isolated life.
The movie is a little uneven in quality, and slow in parts. But those interested in Daniel Craig will find this a fascinating movie. Because of the con-artist tendencies of his character he assumes a variety of guises, accents & costumes, and as an actor I'm sure he had fun with the role. Greta Scacchi, as always, delivers a fine top-notch performance.
Greta Scacchi is perfectly cast in her roll of English landlord Agnes MacDonnell. With her careworn beauty she carries a grace and command throughout the film. At first regal and above those Irish that surround her the fall she takes upon meeting James Lynchehaun is spectacular in its bravery as and actress and harrowing in her portail of the ultimate price she pays for her passions.
Daniel Craig is mesmerizing in creating the madness and seductive sensuality of Lynchehaun. His dark twist on a classic romantic ideal is riveting to watch as he slithers from classic romantic bad boy hero into truly insane stalker. "Love And Rage" strange and hypnotic as it is becomes another feather in the cap for this fine actor's repertoire. As the story unfolded I found myself hoping against hope that the early eerie flashes of his instability were only genre quirks in the Heathcliff vein. Alas they were Hell's preternatural lightning of the madness to come. Brilliantly Craig grabbed my imagination and drug me willingly along the delusionary ride to the films final superbly bizarre and satisfying end.
The plot has many strange and unlikely twists and turns; the print-- at least in the DVD I rented-- is almost impossible to read; and the film needed a better editor. On a positive note, however, in addition to the fine acting by Scacchi and Craig, the scenery is exquisitely photographed and a joy to behold.
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I have to say, it surprises me to stand out from my fellow reviewers. I started watching this for Greta Scacchi and Daniel Craig, both of whom I usually really like. Read morePublished 17 months ago by KCrimson
The acting in this movie is wonderful, but the story itself is horrible. There are lots of twists and turns, most of which come completely out of the blue and with no explanation. Read morePublished on August 18, 2009 by Lotamoxie