Small Screen Reviews
The Little Stranger Review
What’s It About?
A doctor returns to the area he grew up, and begins treating a patient at Hundreds Hall, a place he was fascinated with as a child. But things soon take a turn…
Who’s In It?
Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, & more recently Peter Rabbit)
Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Dark River)
Other notables include:
Charlotte Rampling (Decter, 45 Years, & more recently Red Sparrow)
Will Poulter (The Maze Runner, The Revenant, Detroit)
Director: Lenny Abrahamson (Frank, Room)
After the phenomenal success of Room, director Lenny Abrahamson has turned his attention to another classic novel, Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger.
Set shortly after the Second World War, a young doctor, Faraday, returns to the area he grew up in following the death of his mother, and decides to stay on. While doing his rounds, he is called in to Hundreds Hall, a once splendid stately home, now falling to rack and ruin, but a place Faraday remembers fondly as a boy where his mother once worked in service.
While there, he meets and becomes caught up in the world of injured war veteran Roderick Ayres, his carer/sister Caroline, and their mother Mrs Ayres. But before long, strange occurrences begin to take place in the home.
The Little Stranger is a fascinating tale which looks at faded glory, post war Britain, the class system, resentment and duty. Will Poulter and Domnhall Gleeson give fine performances as stiff upper lipped Brits, even if they feel slightly young for the roles, while Charlotte Rampling excels as only she can in that slightly aloof and offhand way, while Ruth Wilson steals the show.
Tense and atmospheric with an unnerving sense of foreboding, The Little Stranger unfortunately manages to shoot itself in the foot at the very end with a somewhat underwhelming denouement.
In A Nutshell:
Tense and atmospheric thriller with fine performances, which is unfortunately undone by its denouement.
Release date: 14/01/2019
Certificate: 12 / 12A