That Good Night ★★

The Dylan Thomas poem referenced in the title traces the entire film’s arc. Ralph semi-cowardly wishes to disappear fast, but his conscience wants him to rage, rage against the dying of the light. That conscience materialises in the wise “visitor” (Charles Dance), a white-suited man magically arriving to help Ralph with his exit, but not in the way he expected. Although predictable, The visitor’s scenes with Ralph are the most rewarding, as Hurt is finally matched with an actor of his sublime calibre. Both legendary performers show how it’s done, and give more weight to the text than it deserves.

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