Director – Graham Moore. Writers – Graham Moore and Johnathan McClain – “Graham Moore is an American screenwriter, author and director best known for his 2010 novel The Sherlockian, as well as his screenplay for the landmark film The Imitation Game, which topped the 2011 blacklist for screenplays and won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay 2014 » Wikipedia
At the age of 21, screenwriter Johnathan McClain moved to Chicago where he wrote and began starring in his critically acclaimed multi-character solo show, “Like It Is.”
The movie stars – Mark Rylance and Zoey Deutch – I found it on Prime.
Official Trailer – imdb.com/video/vi166183705/
If you’ve never seen Mark Rylance on stage, in the movies, or on your TV at home, you’re in for a treat. If you’ve seen Rylance in action, you already know that. I’ve seen this movie twice now and expect to see it again and again, just like I do with Bridge of Spies. Rylance, the accomplished actor, draws you in.
The year is 1956 – Leonard (Mark Rylance), an English master tailor who finds himself in Chicago, runs a local tailor shop with his assistant (Zoey Deutch) where he makes beautiful clothes for the only people around who can. still afford them: a family of vicious gangsters. One night, two killers knock on his door in need of a favor – and Leonard is thrown into a deadly game of deception and murder.
Leonard: Widely regarded as the greatest stage actor of his generation, Sir Mark Rylance enjoyed an esteemed career on stage and screen, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best actor in a supporting role for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel. in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies (2015). He is also the winner of 2 Olivier Awards and 3 Tony Awards, as well as a BAFTA for his role in The Government Inspector. His film appearances also include Prospero’s Books (1991), Angels and Insects (1995), Institute Benjamenta (1996), Intimacy (2001) and Spielberg’s The BFG (2016). Rylance was Cromwell in the television series Wolf Hall, based on the novels of the same name by Hillary Mantel. He is Cardinal Wosley’s right-hand man, a phenomenal negotiator, until Wolsey falls out of favor with Henry VIII. Cromwell is on Henry’s council when Wolsey is about to stand trial for treason and dies. Cromwell becomes the most powerful member of Henry VII’s council and survives Henry’s death. Great video – check it out.
Rylance was born in Ashford, Kent, the son of Anne (née Skinner) and David Waters, both English teachers. Her grandmother was Irish. Her parents moved to Connecticut in 1962 and to Wisconsin in 1969, where her father taught English at Milwaukee University School. Rylance attended this school. He performed in most school plays with theater manager Dale Gutzman, including the lead role in a 1976 production of Hamlet. He played Romeo in the school production of Romeo and Juliet.
In The Outfit, Leonard must protect Mable, his young assistant in the two-person shop.
Mable: Zoey Deutch was born in Los Angeles, California. She starred in Everyone Wants Some (2016), Before I Fall (2017), Why Him? (2016), Flower (2017) and Set It Up (2018). She recently completed production of Buffaloed (2019) which she also produced, and is currently filming The Politician (2018). She can also be seen in Beautiful Creatures (2013), Vampire Academy (2014), Rebel in The Rye (2017) and The Year of Spectacular Men (2017) which she also produced. Zoey’s mother is Lea Thompson.
The son of the mob boss was shot dead. Leonard must save his life.
The plot and other gangs got involved. The tailor shop has become the cornerstone of nighttime activities with Leonard making fitting remarks.
Competing gang leader, La Fontaine: Amuka-Bird was born in Nigeria, but grew up in the UK and Antigua. She gave up her dancing aspirations after suffering a back injury. After attending LAMDA, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. While touring with the RSC in Japan, she met her husband, actor Geoffrey Streatfield. In addition to her many television and RSC roles, she has performed on stage with the National Theater and the Oxford Stage Company, among others.
Leonard: “If we only allowed angels to be customers, we would soon have no customers at all.”
Fun fact – For this role, Mark Rylance was trained in tailoring techniques by famed Savile Row tailors Huntsman.
Mark Rylance is, as always, quietly brilliant. This “little” film looks a lot like a play. Is there only one set? Leonard’s tailor shop. Leonard is in every event that happens. To accompany this is an almost claustrophobic atmosphere as Chicago’s various gangster characters come and go, threaten Leonard and his receptionist Mable (well done by Zoey Deutch), argue and walk away. Leonard basically has to outsmart them with every twist (and there are a lot of twists), and that’s about it for the plot. Add to that the fact that no one is quite what they seem and we get a riveting hour and a half of intense “closed room” drama. I wouldn’t call that quite minimalist? “Waiting for Godot” would be classified as minimalist in my books. It’s continually absorbing and yet built from nothing but carefully rendered dialogue. Mark Rylance is, as always, superb. It sort of builds a character out of measured dialogue and expression shifts that might be nothing more than a raised eyebrow or a clenched mouth. Amazing to watch.
Rylance is the consummate actor – always cool, collected never overtly nervous, seemingly having ice in his veins, except when you see the love he has for the other characters. He simmers with untold depths no matter what character he plays in any production. You trust him to keep worlds hidden in his devious(?) mind. He says so much, but never everything.
As of now, there have been 333 IMDB reviews written by people who have seen this 2022 film. People’s reactions vary, but I hope you enjoy the film as much as we do and yearn to see more. many other productions featuring Mark Rylance.