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Film Review: Capital


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Capital is the drama that everybody has been talking about. What began as the hushed tones of a gripping drama, resulted in an over spill of excited gabble as viewers attempted to decipher who or what is behind the mysterious postcards. This three-part BBC drama, (which was shown on BBC One on Tuesday evenings) had anxious members of the public switching on their sets, eager to resolve the mystery.

Set in South London in a middle-class section of Clapham, we are introduced to a number of different characters that live along Pepys Road.  Capital can be considered as BBC’s apt response to today’s current climate. Whether it be the rising property prices, the ridiculous living standards in London or the very real threat of terrorism.

The big questions however are, who is sending photograph postcards of each individual house with the words ‘We want what you have,’ and why are they doing it? This drama is adapted from John Lanchester’s novel and unlike most adaptations, begins in a rather disjointed manner. I found myself hooked within the first episode, but completely confused. Most dramas, especially those where a discovery is to be made, will give you hints and clues to get your detective juices flowing. Capital, however, does very little to stimulate this side of the brain, and instead appeals to your curiosity.

While the first episode is a little disjointed, as you continue throughout the second you gain more knowledge and understanding of the umpteen characters. Each little nugget of information teases and tickles your brain, completely engulfing you into their world. (I cannot help but wonder if the drama could have been longer than three parts.)

Toby Jones does a fantastic job with his character throughout, giving a really strong physical and vocal performance. The entire cast give strong performances, but the two additional standouts have to be Robert Emms and Wunmi Mosaku.

Robert Emms does a fantastic job at creating a modern creative of today’s world and gives us a character of polar opposites to his equally wonderful performance in Atlantis.

Wunmi Mosaku is one to watch, and I am sure soon to become a household name. Her emotion and flickers of joy and hope throughout, draw you into her story. I felt however, that her story was so intriguing and it demanded more screen time.

In fact, I could watch an entire drama based on solely her character. With the issues facing refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers in today’s current climate, it is a pressing fact. Her story is one that could resonate with a number of individuals in today’s Britain and should be explored further.

Watch the full series now on BBC iPlayer.

Written by Nikica Markot.

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