Nightingale, 2015 - ★★★½

Nightingale, 2015 - ★★★½

"I just wish there hadn't have been so much blood" - Peter
Stagey, one man hbo original film, features a powerhouse performance by David Oyelowo. It follows a lonely agoraphobic veteran after hes violently severed ties with his mother, and his heightend state of mind as he slips into self delusion.

It could have been just another forgettably boring 85 minute actor talent showcase or a tediously dull and predictable character study in the workings of a psychotic mind. But instead Oyelowo and writer Frederick Mensch gave Peters character a cringe inducingly camp edge, that somehow made his increasingly more bizarre actions that more believable. I know it'd have ruined the one man aspect but I'd liked to have seen more interactions with his mother earlier on. And maybe 20mins off the running time wouldn't have hurt it, but its worth seeing even reminded me a little of Dennis Potters brilliant TV work.

Originally taken from Letterboxd

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