Film: Plot is too thick in packed whodunnit

The Limehouse Golum feels like an eight-part series for Saturday night television, or a week-long binge-watch on subscription, writes John Maguire

3rd September, 2017
Film: Plot is too thick in packed whodunnit
Bill Nighy and Olivia Cooke in The Limehouse Golem

Adapted by Jane Goldman from Peter Ackroyd’s 1994 novel, the story opens with journalist-turned-failed playwright John Cree (Sam Reid) dead in his bed. His wife Elizabeth, once a star of music hall celebrated throughout London as “Little Lizzie”, is the only suspect.

At the same time, Scotland Yard detective John Kildare (Bill Nighy), whose career has been stalled by rumours of his homosexuality, has been chosen to lead the hunt for a...

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