This is not your usual spy love story. But when Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Mark Gatiss are part of a project, you know it will be good.
London Spy (2015) is not Ben’s first encounter with a spy story, as he plays Q in the last two Bond movies. And he’s brilliant, by the way. However, LS brings him in the foreground, him being the main character of the series.
Ben plays Danny, a young man with a vicious past, but aware of his mistakes. One day, morning to be more precise, while going home from the club, he collapses on the street due to his excessive habits. A stranger who was jogging stops and helps him. And here’s the first sign of how different the lives of Danny and Alex were. Being on the street at the same hour in the early morning, one almost unconscious and one dedicated to a totally opposite lifestyle.
Danny is impressed by the stranger’s kindness, and also a bit intrigued. He feels a certain curiosity coming from him too, so he goes back where they first met, to ask the man if he maybe wants to go out with him.
The stranger’s name is Alex (Edward Holcroft), or so he sais. Danny is not the brightest guy, but he feels an aura of mistery around the nice stranger. There’s a lot of secrecy about his job and his past, the only concrete thing we know is that he’s a genius.
Because I don’t want to give you any spoilers, I’m just going to say that the story is more about the evolution of Danny. From a naive, lustful boy, he goes to a more responsable, conscious of his actions adult. He grows as a person, due to fast, uncontrollable things that are drawn into his life.
Of course, don’t expect any Bond kinf of action. This is not really about the adventures, the gear, the fancy suits, drinks or parties. This is about character development and emotional evolution.
As a personal preference, I do enjoy the fancy spy movies, and the action and explosions and the how the hell did they survive feeling. But I also like new ways of approaching things. And this is what London Spy is all about.
All in all, this is not my favourite spy story, and maybe I was prown to watching it because I like Ben Whishaw. But then again, maybe it will be your new favourite TvShow, so it might worth a watch.
I mean, you get to watch Mark Gatiss doing this:
I rest my case.
Also, you need to know that I’m a huge Whishaw fan. He’s an amazing actor, there’s so much emotion in everything he does. I’ve watched him in Bright Star, Perfume: Story of a Murderer, Cloud Atlas, Lilting, The Hour (a really good TvSeries), and he’s amazing in all of them. If a movie has Ben Whishaw in the cast I’m probably gonna watch it. So, yeah.
*picture credits: BBC