Hi peeps, I hope you’re all well. A lot has changed in my life since we last spoke including moving home and city!
I haven’t seen a film for a long time, well, since January 2014, so I went along to my favourite cinema namely Derby Quad and took my seat to watch what was described as a comedy; however it did make me cringe in places.
What am I talking about? Come closer and I’ll tell you…
The brilliant actor Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) stars alongside himself in Richard Ayoade’s adaptation of a Frydor Dostoyevsky story about a meek office worker who is confronted by his confident, aggressive doppelgänger (aka his double).
This is the second film by the British Director Richard Ayoade, his first was Submarine. I remember seeing Richard star in the very funny Channel 4 show called The IT Crowd (the Afro guy) and he also starred in the Ben Stiller comedy called The Watch which if memory serves me right, the film was delayed and re-titled when the black 17 year old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, the 20 something Neighbourhood Watcher (but I digress!)
Back to the film eh! Picture the opening scenes and feel of the film as this; very grim and bleak looking office, the entire film would also fit this description (but don’t let this put you off peeps because it’s lol in places).
The Double is about a buttoned-down bureaucrat called Simon James (Eisenberg) who begins to question his sanity when his exact double (James Simon) begins working in the same office. While the bureaucrat himself is a retiring pushover, his duplicate is the complete opposite in terms of personality: aggressive, extroverted and confident in all that he does.
Ayoade has transposed the tale from period Russia to modern day America while still maintaining the bleakness of what you would imagine Siberia would feel like to work in or circa 1930’s UK.
The Double co-stars Mia Wasikowska as the love interest of Simon and the potential conquest of James. Does Simon get the girl or does James seize the moment? The Double will open in the UK in 2014, with a specific release date yet to be confirmed.