Jude Law is a changed man in Dom Hemingway. The British actor best known for his good looks and intense dramas, is trying his hand at comedy. As the film’s title character, he’s an ex-con desperately trying to make up for lost time with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke). Dom Hemingway has the makings of a solid redemption story, but it sells itself short.

The Players:

  • Director: Richard Shepard
  • Writers: Richard Shepard
  • Starring: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Emilia Clarke, Demian Bichir, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Kerry Condon, Jumayn Hunter
  • Music: Rolfe Kent
  • Cinematography: Giles Nuttgens

The Plot:

Dom Hemingway is a former safecracker who’s recently released from prison. While away, his wife remarries and his daughter grows up despising him. After 12 years a lot has changed, and Dom has trouble accepting that. He reunites with his old partner Dickie (Richard E. Grant) and tries to make up for lost time. But instead of focusing on his daughter, he falls back into old habits.

The Good:

  • Jude Law and Richard E. Grant: Law and Grant have a rapport most actors dream of. Their friendship is believable and natural. They both have great comedic timing and bounce well off each other. Hemingway’s such a far cry from Law’s previous roles. It’s hard to believe that he’s the same man who appeared in The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain. He’s crass, loud, obnoxious but great to watch.

The So-So:

  • The Story: Dom Hemingway fell short in the storytelling department. Dom’s greatest motivation is his daughter but they don’t share many scenes together. That part of his life is mostly talked about. Where’s the action? His fear of rejection keeps him from taking the necessary steps to repair their relationship. The film is more about his struggle than any actual success.
  • Humor: Dom Hemingway is a comedy with dramatic moments thrown in. For the most part, everything is played for laughs. While there are some jewels in the script, the funniest bits appear in the movie trailer.

The Bad:

  • Lack of Resolution: As I stated earlier, Dom Hemingway is more about the character’s struggle. The final scene is left open ended. All you can do is hope for the best. It makes you feel a little cheated because it’s not a blatant pay-off. It’s not a real resolution, just the possibility of one.


Dom Hemingway is a decent comedy. It’s not great but Law and Grant’s performances are worth the price of admission. As long as you don’t expect the story to be wrapped up in a nice bow, you’ll enjoy yourself.

The Rating: 6.5/10

Dom Hemingway is now playing in select theaters.

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