Movie Review: (drama) “Pierrepoint” (2005)

December 10, 2010 at 3:29 am (movies)

  What an incredible movie. What an incredibly complex character. Whether you support the death penalty or not, this flick will get your brain working for days after you see it.

Timothy Spall (you may know him as Wormtail from the Harry Potter movies) deserves an Oscar. Hell, he deserves a stack of Oscars. He deserves a heap of Oscars with wee little Oscars sprinkled on top. His performance is subtle, and true to the bone.

Pierrepoint (as portrayed in the movie) is a heartbreakingly good man. Kind and gentle (no really), he approaches his duty with reverence. Preserving the condemneds’ dignity and minimizing their suffering is his top priority. How could such a man hang 608 people? I can’t put it into words, you have to watch the movie.

By the way, whoever wrote the Netflix description was smoking hemp hangman’s ropes. It wasn’t Pierrepoint’s ambition that exposed his secret, it was something else entirely. And his wife is far from oblivious. She’s an intelligent woman with ambitions of her own, but a deep, abiding love for her husband. Her true character shows when the horror of Pierrepoint’s job finally starts to break him down.

This isn’t a horror movie in the least. But it’s an amazing movie. If you love cinema, don’t miss it.

-Rated R
-5 out of 5 stars
-Definitely a grown-up movie


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