"In the end though, although invested in the plot, the audience simply do not empathise at all with any of the characters as justice is served"
King of Thieves is a fantastic watch. It exceeded my expectations and contained a lot more laddish banter than I thought it would. I must point out, that whenever I watch these films based on real life events, there is a sense of trepidation. As has been widely publicised this film is based on the infamous robbery of a Hatton Garden jewellers in 2015, thus the plot and characters, at the very least, are grounded in reality.
Director James Marsh renowned for his documentary work, reminds us that this is a biopic, through grainy flashbacks of the groups past, committing violent crimes, adding an interesting aesthetic to the storytelling element of the film.
I had the pleasure of speaking to Sir Michael Caine at the King of Thieves premiere, he pointed out that the film is about real people with real life problems and traits. In retrospect, this is an element of the film that kept me interested throughout; the personality intricacies played by the incredible cast with of course, stellar acting.
In particular, Brian's (Caine) plight of having lost his wife and Terry's (Jim Broadbent) violent streak. The film contains a well balanced amount of very funny scenes and exchanges, (in particular Sir Michael Gambon's take on Billy "The Fish" Lincoln's character) and also tense scenes which portray the scale of the crime committed.
In the end though, although invested in the plot, the audience simply do not empathise at all with any of the characters as justice is served.