Take Control. Take Responsibility.
Haynes’s command over the controversial political upset is a compelling anthology that has its own rhythm. Such genre features often are cornered by its too-much-mechanical plot which makers tries to balance it through humor or simplifying the terms, but Haynes doesn’t compromise on or for anything which is his major strength. He goes right into the middle of the battle and tackles its husky content out through narrowing it down as a step to a constructive ladder. And climbing its way up with a ferocious pace and sharp script, Haynes never takes its content for granted. Probably, because Graham’s hard work is clearly visible among those dancing words on paper.
When a sort-of-biography as such is to be told in a dramatic narrative tone which may not have any accurate source to rely upon completely, the content either grows too thin or it loses its audience with the insights of these dark rooms which is basically jibber-jabber to the viewers. Graham’s script is more glorifying than it arguable would have been, he has clearly written a film that is of a sport genre.
The way Cumberbatch is “out of the game” and the way his methods are edgy, the mythical persona he is attached, the specific confidant team he works along with, his nature to go outside the law, his tactics to seeks out the loopholes and of course his charisma and intelligence to knock anyone out of the room; these characteristics that are revealed pretty much within first few minutes to help capture our attention. And once you’re in, Haynes keeps you at the brisk of your seat with revealing unexpected cards from under his sleeves. To be fair, it has a typical textbook structure, but since it is to-the-point and busy in its own business, the stakes and the triumph is scored perpetually by the makers.
Cumberbatch portraying a real persona, is in his A game, primarily, for the type of shoes he is allotted to fit in. The bitter tongue or ego towards his own intelligence or a fast-talking witty guy, this already been-there-done-that work from him helps enormously for him to convince us. And whilst there is a lot of Sherlock in him, Cumberbatch has still managed to take the heat out from him and map out the difference with very definite acts.
And since this is a one man show, there isn’t much for him to rely upon any supporting cast; not that he needs it, this around ninety minutes of journey goes by way too fast than anticipated. Among many highlighting bits, one of the best, is the one that doesn’t contain Cumberbatch but his impact speaks volume of his presence, Kinnear’s meeting that goes haywire is brilliantly executed. As much as effervescent the film is about its material, it wisely tones down the euphoric energy to gut punch its viewers for a wake up call in its last act. Brexit: The Uncivil War is a witty well constructed cinema that is amiable to the genre and never attempts to grasp something beyond its game; a wise move.