Rita Ora’s Oliver Twist film has been savaged by critics, with more than one pleading: “Please sir, I don’t want any more.”
Entitled Twist, the film is a modern take that sees Charles Dickens’ 1838 novel reimagined as a heist movie, with an older Oliver (played by Jude Law and Sadie Frost’s 24-year-old son Rafferty) who is something of a free-runner.
Despite a starry cast – which sees Ora as Dodge (the Artful Dodger) and includes Michael Caine, Lena Headey and David Walliams – and its fair share of pre-release hype, the movie has failed to set the film world on fire.
So far it has racked up an array of one and two star reviews and has, embarrassingly, been branded a “Dickensian disaster” by one critic.
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In The Independent, the reviewer said director Martin Owen’s film suffers because it is up against so many better versions of the well-known tale.
The reviewer also suggests Twist may have strayed a bit too far from the source material and said it has little depth, adding that its “artlessness is more infuriating than funny”.
It is “hard to imagine a shoddier film being released this year,” the reviewer said.
Twist was also slated in The Guardian, scoring just two out of five stars.
Critic Peter Bradshaw noted that the plot and meaning of the original had been “jettisoned” and wrote that while some scenes were certainly watchable, the action and comedy were “under par”.
It fared ever worse in The Times, landing just one out of five stars.
The publication’s review was entitled “Please Sir, I don’t want any more” and called the film “ingeniously bad”.
Meanwhile, The Telegraph’s critic Tim Robey branded it a “Dickensian disaster”.
Questioning its decision to have Oliver be into parkour, he wrote: “It sounds like an idea someone once had, or dreamed, or hallucinated while high.”
Giving it just one star, he said it was a “baffling fudge in which no one knows what they’re up to, and the dialogue is unspeakable”.
Twist is released on Sky Cinema today (January 29).
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