Phil's Quick Capsule Review

Layer Cake (2004) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Moving from producing the early (and best) Guy Ritchie films to becoming a director in his won right,  Matthew Vaughn’s debut Layer Cake is a surprisingly slick, confident and well crafted crime film that plays like a more grounded and grown up version of Ritchie’s slang chucking outings.  Daniel Craig laid out his audition for Bond is spectacular style and the support cast (including a young Tom Hardy) deliver.  The story is equally strong with Vaughn allowing it to breathe with his more grounded visual style and revisits the urge to copy what worked so well for his former directing partner.  Is it as fun as Lock Stock or Snatch?  No. But that doesn’t matter – this is a different kinda of film and is all the better for it.  Equally 15 years on it holds better than you would expect. In short: top notch UK crime thriller.   

Best Bit: Gambon is superb

Worth A Rewatch: For sure.  You can see WHY Craig was cast as Bond

If You Liked this Try: Snatch, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, The Gentlemen 

8 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...