Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey, and Jim Carter.
An incredibly talented con man, Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen), has found his next target. He befriends Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) who is a wealthy widower. He charms his way into her life and her home while developing feelings for her. This will be one of his most dangerous cons.
Betty appears to be a sweet and wealthy woman who is looking for a companion. She meets Roy through a dating app. They meet at a restaurant and find that it is worth another date. Roy is a well accomplished con man. He is soon invited to live with her despite the objections from her son Stephen (Russell Tovey). Betty and Roy decide to take a trip together to Berlin. There Stephen confronts Roy about some shady activity during WW II. Betty becomes angry with Stephen for bringing up such a painful past for Roy. She and Roy become closer and decide to put all of their money into one off shore account. There is where the deception deepens. Does Roy give her back the money because he loves her? Is Betty a con woman as well and takes it all? Are they in it together to con someone else? You will have to watch it to find out.
I really liked this movie. How could it be bad with Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen? There were some twists I never saw coming and this film was way darker than I anticipated. I appreciated the suspense and the shocking end. Do not take this one at face value. It is not what it seems.
Exceptional! It did take me a few minutes to stop thinking about Mr. Carson (Downton Abbey) when Jim Carter was in a scene, but he did a great job distancing himself from that role. Soon I had forgotten all about his prior acting gig.
I would have liked a little more background on their pasts, but it probably would have given away too much. There were a few scenes that I thought we unnecessarily bloody but not too extreme.
Well done. The costumes department did a great job.
Should You Go See This Movie?
Absolutely. It was fun, dark, and surprising. Amazing actors.