The Dresser, 2015 - ★★★★★

With two acting greats like Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen, and great support from Emily Watson, Sarah Lancashire, and Edward Fox, it’s hard to see how this could fail as a film. An amazing, claustrophobic insight into theatrical life, we see ‘Sir’, and old, theatrical warhorse nearly on his last legs, and his devoted dresser, Norman, trying to persuade him into one more performance of King Lear. The interplay between the two characters was superb, and each by turns was both sympathetic and slightly monstrous. The portrayal was unsparing in depicting both the vanity and selfishness that acting sometimes requires, and also the sheer hard work of going on, night after night, and trying to make it new for the audience.

A terrific film, and gripping till the end.

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