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Covering nearly a half-century in the lives of a group of South London buddies, LAST ORDERS followsfour men from their adopted pub to Margate Pier. Along with them are the ashes of Jack, their larger-than-life friend, whose deathbed request sends them on their way. Through flashbacks, LAST ORDERS paints a portrait of their lives that will make you laugh and break your heart. Take a trip with these mates for the journey of a lifetime.
- Director's Commentary
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"Last Orders" progresses back and forth, looking at the youth of the men. American actor JJ Field plays Jack in his 20's, and really resembles Michael Caine in his younger years. Kelly Reilly stars as the young Amy, when she and Jack meet while picking hops in Kent before the outbreak of WWII.
The friendship, love, and hidden anger is really well brought out by the cast. Every week, Mirren's character, Amy, faithfully visits her and Jack's daughter, who is retarded and has been in a home since infancy, while Jack has never visited her. (Interestingly, Michael Caine's life paralleled "Last Orders": until 1989, he was unaware he had a half-brother, who was confined to a home near London. This brother, who suffered from epilepsy, caused brain damage to himself, and Caine's mother visited this brother every week until her death in 1989.)
Vince(Winstone) was adopted by Ray and Amy after his family was killed during the Biltz, and has become estranged from Ray, but grudgingly agrees to bankroll Jack's attempt to win a nestegg for Amy. Vince and Lenny(Hemmings) have issues due to his getting Lenny's daughter pregnant, while Vic(Courtenay), an undertaker, attempts to modulate the conflicts between his friends.
To me, Mr. Hoskins' role stands out just a tad from the rest, as he is, in no small part, the main facilitator in this film: he always seems to be in the right place at the proper time, especially at the track! Although not in the boys' club of disposing of the ashes, Helen Mirren's role here is more subtle and indirect, yet crucial as the deceased's (Michael Caine) wife who opts not to go along with the boys for the final ride. Her understated yet forceful portrayal here is one of her finer pieces of work, especially noted in her scenes with her mentally challenged daughter. M. Caine is his usual cad self, somewhat like an aged "Alfie" who likes his bantering with the birds at the pub (and at the hospital!), but unlike "Alfie", he won't make plays for them! The rest of the group of the boys carrying out the "Last Orders" provide more than ample thespian talent, not only in their individual roles, but also in how each relates to the group as a whole. The cast of the "flashback" scenes of yore does equally well in laying out the dramatic foundation for the modern day sequences.
Some say the total is greater than the sum of the individual parts, especially when dealing with the synergy of talents and overall heart as manifested in this production. It's all about heart, baby, and there's plenty here to go around. Cheers!