“The Crying Game” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

21 February, 2017

Year of Release: 1992
Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
Director of Photography: 
Ian Wilson
Stephen Rea, Forest Whitaker, Jaye Davidson

Synopsis: An Irishman on the run from the IRA searches for a mysterious woman linked to a kidnapped British soldier whose death he was partly responsible for.

Crying Game Review:

An unusual movie from a forgotten era, “The Crying Game” combines the best of crime, romance, and melodrama into a single narrative, tapping into relevant fears about IRA terror attacks and new-age notions of masculinity and femininity while ensuring that no one knows exactly what they’re watching before all of the jigsaw pieces fall together. Genreless and unique in its presentation of loss and doomed companionship, “The Crying Game” is a film where identities are fluid and easily shaped by circumstance, allowing viewers to gain false confidence in their interpretations before concealed secrets come to light.

In a movie where surface judgements are rendered meaningless, Neil Jordan finds neat ways to allude to the multifaceted nature of his characters, hinting at surprises through crucial lines of dialogue while constantly underscoring the irrationality of seeking out truth through superficial readings. As a veiled movie on an open-ended journey, “The Crying Game” is riddled with uncertainty as its soluble narrative dissolves in layers, changing locations, shifting allegiances, and unbuttoning enigmas while our faith in what we believe to be true slowly diminishes.

Heightened emotions tremble behind late-night silhouettes as Jordan presents flawed human beings in a film that’s sometimes sad, often funny, and never short of unbelievable in all of its unpredictability. Conversation is everything in “The Crying Game” and star of the movie Jaye Davidson ensures that the dialogue hits is cues while a heightened level of cynicism behind the eyes is transformed into mystery on the lips. This effect relies heavily on Davidson’s sharp-witted and feisty performance, as the future Academy Award winner channels all emotion through the face of a vulnerable girl who has loved and lost while begging for nothing more than acceptance.


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