Although they only had a few scenes together in Marc Forster’s wonderful Stranger Than Fiction, actors Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson established such a strong chemistry that they knew they had to do another film together. When up-and-coming writer/director Joel Hopkins began discussing the idea of doing a love story starring Thompson, she recognised that this project was the ideal opportunity for her and Hoffman to work together again. The resulting film is Last Chance Harvey, a light romance set in London between local woman Kate Walker (Thompson) and an American man, Harvey Shine (Hoffman), who is in London to attend his daughter’s wedding. It turns out that Hoffman and Thompson really do have incredible onscreen chemistry as the dynamic they share in Last Chance Harvey is absolutely gorgeous.
Director Paul McGuigan’s best film to date is still the English gangster film Gangster No. 1 from 2000. However, the major problem with Gangster No. 1 is the same problem that plagues McGuigan’s latest effort Lucky Number Slevin. Both films suffer from a very weak final third act but while Gangster No. 1 was salvageable, the direction that Lucky Number Slevin takes completely ruins what initially promises to be a good film.