Kaleidoscope – Review

Not to be hyperbolic here but Toby Jones is one of the most gifted performers we have and has graced us with some of the BEST performances of all time. Ok. Slightly hyperbolic but it is close to the truth. From his work in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe to fantasy romps such as Tale of Tales, Jones shifts and shapes through movies and television like a well-talented chameleon, blowing you away every time.

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It’s his work, however, in thrillers that excites most such as Berberian Sound Studio OR Anthropoid. Now he is teaming up with his director brother Rupert Jones for a twisted look a middle aged psychosis.

Based in the darkest parts of a man’s mind, the film revolves around mild-mannered Carl as he attempts to rehabilitate after prison. Moving on with his life, he decides to go on a date with the young and bubble Abby. However, as the date moves back to Carl’s it seems that there is something sinister afoot causing Carl to spiral into anxiety.  And when his mother resurfaces in a panicked phone call, it sets a whole warping puzzle of trauma, violence, and madness.

Rupert Jones’ impressive film is a whirlwind of mental images packaged in this very humanistic story. What the director captures is a visceral intricate look at a sufferer of psychosis who dwindles in isolation. Blurring the lines of reality impacts the film in an evocative and captivating way. You are barraged with complex but utterly visual brilliant showcase Jone’s skill of digging into the depths of a wavering and shaky mentality. Conducting the film like a puzzle, we’re engrossed from the beginning and was the pieces fall together, we uncover a great tableau of thrilling artistry.

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Toby Jones is a fervent actor. He is both intense yet subtle. Dark yet innocence. Complex but simple. He embodies Carl with a sublime understanding of a dwindling sanity and it is a passionate and thought provoking performance from one of Britain’s greatest actors. Alongside him as his persistent and chilling mother is Anne Reid. Delivering an uncertain character who’ll never settle in your mind comfortable, she greatly produces an unforgettable performance. As the young Abby, Sinead Matthews brightness off-sets the creepy mother/son relationship at play within the household.  All three of them play this wonderfully engaging film, embroiled in a visual spectacle that showcases the shuffling of an haunted mind.

Kaleidoscope comes out during a weekend of terrific films and adds this unique voice to the roster. It’s an impressive whirlwind of a film.

Kaleidoscope is out in cinemas now. 

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