Review: The Legend of Barney Thomson, 2016, dir. Robert Carlyle

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Generally, I expect talented people to make good movies. This doesn’t seem like much to ask, right? So imagine my disappointment on watching the perfectly okay The Legend of Barney Thomson, which stars Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone, Emma Thompson, and Tom Courtenay, and which Carlyle directed himself. “Perfectly okay” isn’t a phrase that anyone should use to describe a movie backed by that many great people, and yet The Legend of Barney Thomson is only just decent. That means that it’s enjoyable enough, of course, but there’s no reason that a movie like this needs to be slapped with a “lower your expectations” label. Ah, well. 

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