Thursday, April 03, 2014

Shallow Grave - 1994

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Doctor Who fight over how to get rid of a dead body in their apartment, and what to do with all of the money found on said dead body.

There, I've just sold you on "Shallow Grave." Post done.

... You're still here? Fine.

"Shallow Grave" is a 1994 film, the first from director Danny Boyle, that tells the story of three people - Christopher Eccleston (aka The Ninth Doctor), Ewan McGregor (aka Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Kerry Fox (who never really took a genre busting role) - who share a flat in Edinburgh, but need to take on a fourth roommate in order to pay the bills. They interview people and eventually choose this guy to be their new roommate. Not long after, they find him dead. And in his room, they find a suitcase full of cash.

I really don't want to tell you more about the plot that this, because to do so would be to spoil the fun of the movie. It's a dark comedy, or a thriller with comic elements, whichever you like. It's the first major film role of Ewan McGregor, and he and director Danny Boyle would go on to make "Trainspotting" a few years later, and that would vault both to superstardom.

The film is gorgeously shot, and it was a big hit in the UK, although it didn't really make it's way over here until Trainspotting was hitting, and by that point, everyone knew that Boyle and McGregor were going to be big things. It moves at a mile a minute, and it shifts tones quick and crazy. It's also wildly macabre and gets very dark, so you have to be prepared to roll with the punches. But it's a film I absolutely love, and you'll get a kick out of it.

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