Living a 2022 British drama film directed by Oliver Hermanus and written by Kazuo Ishiguro. It is an adaptation of the 1952 Japanese film Ikiru, directed by Akira Kurosawa, which inspired by the 1886 Russian novel The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy.
Living praised for Bill Nighy’s outstanding performance and received critical acclaim at various film festivals. At the 95th Academy Awards, Living nominated for Best Actor (Nighy) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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A senior bureaucrat finds purpose in life.
This film tells the story of a senior London County Council bureaucrat, Rodney Williams, who feels bored with his job. However, things changed when a group of women asked for help building a children’s playground on a former World War II bomb site.
As he grew older, Bill Nighy’s career and presence on the big screen only grew. Known as a ‘character actor’ who often plays flashy characters, Nighy, who is now 73 years old, continues to evolve with a stunning presence in some of the best films.
Nighy’s role as Williams in the film Living stunning, playing an ordinary guy who gets stuck in a boring office routine but decides to change his life to become someone with purpose.
Cast List of Films and Showtime Living
The main character Rodney Williams played by Bill Nighy. He is a famous actor through the pirate series Pirates of the Caribbean. Bill Nighy is also a veteran actor, he has started his career since 1976. Apart from that, there are several other characters who also appear in this film. They are, Aimee Lou Wood as Margaret Harris, Alex Sharp as Peter Wakeling, Tom Burke as Sutherland, Adrian Rawlins as Middleton, Hubert Burton as Rusbridger, Oliver Chris as Hart, Michael Cochrane as Sir James, and others.
The film Living was first released on January 21, 2022 through the Sundance Film Festival. It also announced at the event that Sony Pictures Classics had acquired distribution rights in North America, Latin America, India, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Germany, South Africa and Southeast Asia. The film Living will then screened again at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2022 and TCL Chinese Theater as part of AFI Fest on November 6, 2022. After that, the film will finally officially released in UK cinemas on November 4, 2022 and the United States on December 23, 2022 .
Reception of positive criticism
Living received praise from film critics on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. With a percentage of 96% based on 189 reviews, Rotten Tomatoes named Living as a film that has successfully adapted Kurosawa’s classic works, while on Metacritic, Living received an average score of 81 out of 100. Bill Nighy’s performance as the main character of this film also highly appreciated by the audience. film critic.
I myself have interested in Bill Nighy’s acting since the first time I saw him in the movie Still Crazy. Since then, I have become a loyal fan and have always followed his work in various films such as Underworld, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie, Wild Target (with Emily Blunt), and others.
Because of that, I am very happy to witness Nighy’s stunning performance in the film Living. It’s a shame he lost to Brendan Fraser at the Oscars, but Bill Nighy is still special. (*)