By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
For me, Jude Law
can do no wrong. He’s a consummate professional and enormously talented actor who consistently delivers top-notch performances.
Law’s latest drama,“The Nest”
from writer/director Sean Durkin (“The Rental” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene”) is an outstanding movie bolstered by Law and his co-star Carrie Coon (TV’s “Motherhacker” and “Widows”).
In “The Nest,” which is set during the 1980s, law plays Rory O’ Hara a hard working guy living in New York with his wife Allison (Coon) and their pre-teen kids Samantha (Oona Roche, TV’s “The Morning” and “Day by Day”) and son Ben (Charlie Shotwell, TV’s “Staged Dad”).
They all seem comfortable and happy. However, looks can be deceiving and if there is one thing that Rory is good at it is deceiving people. He plays and laughs with the kids and although they live on a big ranch where Allison raises horses and offers riding lessons, Rory feels that something is missing in his life. He wants more and often thinks about how well he was doing in London before moving to the States.
When Rory reaches out to one of his former associates in London, Arthur Davis ( Michael Culkin, “The Good Liar”) he believes he has a fantastic job opportunity that would make everyone a ton of money.
It’s a tough sell to Allison because she’s heard all of Rory’s grand money-making schemes before and has gone along to get along. This time she is reluctant too but agrees. The kids aren’t happy about moving either.
Here’s the thing about Rory. In addition to being a real go-getter and charming as hell, he’s a compulsive liar. He’s really lied to Allison about this so-called opportunity and has been lying left and right to all the big honchos in London about who he knows and what he can do for them.
When he arrives in London and starts cozying up with Arthur and other execs, buying them lunch and drinks, he feels he has made it among the in-crowds. He purchases a stately home in the countryside that’s dark and way too big for them. Allison hates the place. For Rory it’s all about appearances. You know, fake it until you make it.
Besides, he says Led Zeppelin once recorded an album in their house. That’s probably a lie too.
But when Arthur decides he doesn’t want to seal the deal with Rory and doesn’t tell him, things begin to spiral downhill fast for Rory. Even Allison has had enough of his masquerading. When she and Rory are out to dinner with his associates and Rory is explaining/lying to them about who he knows, tells everyone that he’s lying about everything. Talk about awkward and embarrassing.
Even when Rory’s world starts crashing down all around him, his ego won’t allow him to admit defeat and he continues to lie and tells Allison, he can start over and turn things around for her and the kids.
“The Nest” is a slow building and intense drama that reels you in and never lets you go. It is one of the best movies this year.
“The Nest” is available on cable and digital VOD platforms.
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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.