Movie Review: The Limehouse Golem (2016)

Starring: Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke and Douglas Booth

Directed by: Juan Carlos Medina

Lizzie Cree awaits her sentence for the death of her husband John, while inspector Kildare of Scotland Yard suspects that he may have been responsible for the deaths of many people in Victorian London and known as ‘The Limehouse Golem’ which was a name coined for the mystery serial killer.

The Limehouse Golem is the type of movie that you have to be in the right kind of mood to watch otherwise you’d find the experience rather unenjoyable. British period thrillers/dramas are a genre that I do enjoy watching but only when my mood is right as I won’t be able to watch something like this time and time again and enjoy each experience. This morning when I woke up and prepared myself for my commute to work I was really feeling The Limehouse Golem so thought today was as good a time as it’ll ever be to check it out.

The movie started off a little slow to what I had expected but seeing as the runtime was close to 2 hours I did expect some slight lulls in the story but wasn’t anticipating for it to be right away. The longer the movie went on though the better the movie got and the more mysterious it became. I really enjoy a thrilling mystery movie where the killer isn’t obvious from the moment they’re introduced and that’s one thing that The Limehouse Golem manages to do so well. Throughout the entire movie there were 2 main candidates for the merciless serial killer as well as a few outsiders that it could’ve been but when I was convinced it was one person, the story took the ultimate twist and revealed a character that I had not even considered which reminded me a lot like Saw. I loved the twist at the end of the first Saw movie as never in a million years would I have guessed that the ‘dead’ guy in the room was going to be the infamous Jigsaw. While not quite at that level, The Limehouse Golem still manages to pull off a great shock and twist to the wonderfully crafted story.

The acting performances from all involved was of a very high standard from the lead stars to the supporting acts I couldn’t find any faults with anybody. Bill Nighy was superb as he so often is and lead actress Olivia Cooke was exceptional in her role as murder suspect Lizzie Cree and she is definitely somebody who I’ll be looking to check more of her work out, definitely a future star. The costume design was a great part of this movie too as a keen sense of detail was on display as everybody looked and felt genuine and the smoggy, murky atmosphere of the streets of London at night really added a great dynamic to the movie and set the much needed seedy undertone that The Limehouse Golem needed to feel truly chilling. Although the story was brilliantly thought out and shrouded in mystery the dialogue at times was a little thin and let the film down overall as there was no sense of feeling behind the words at times.

Overall, The Limehouse Golem was a very good mystery thriller that was set in the perfect era for it to capture the chilling nature of the serial killer’s crimes. With a superb cast that truly worked well together there were some flaws that needed addressing but otherwise it was a very enjoyable watch.


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