So i have mentioned Jack Irish in one of my notes to readers when i first saw it in December 2012.
I would put it under fun TV however it has some dark stuff in it. There is a har de har part too which i’m not sure really works. Yet without this jokey side it would be too dark and dreary since the last episode i saw had some pretty horrific murders in it. Even though you don’t see them bullet to body so to speak. Thank goodness. Jack has come face to face with some pretty smelly out of date bodies though so far in two episodes.
Still, as I’m sure i have written somewhere, a lot is forgiven for Guy Pearce who simply can do no wrong for me. He did try hard in the first episode to look truly down at heel and half alcoholic even. But Guy can’t help glowing with good health and fitness even as he attempts to look seedy whilst walking through numerous dark and rainy scenes through appropriately dark alleys at night.
Personally i adore all the loving nods to true Raymond Chandeler-esque Detective fiction style in Jack Irish. Even the dialogue is terse, funny and at times, poetic.
OK it may try too hard and some of it is corny but hey, did i mention it has Guy Pearce in it? From the film Memento where Guy as the hero wanders around confused and tattooed to within an inch of his life and living in perpetual flashbacks? The tattoos are all messages to himself that he has had done before he lost his memory you see. Anyway i digress.
Jack Irish gets better with each episode. Plus its a jolly, chunky two hours long per episode. What an unusual thing! Its a whole proper film. I’m so used to things being short that i get up and wander off after an hour thinking its ended and have to remind myself to return.
To cut a long story short Jack is a down at heel once high flying lawyer who has a personal tragedy. We see him spending time in a wood workshop under the tutelage of an elderly Master Craftsman with an Austrian or possibly German accent.
The Master Craftsman is called Charlie and really knows his stuff. We presume that our hero Jack has been healing in his apprenticeship there. Guy Pearce still looks like he walked off some lone male catwalk somewhere in a workman’s apron as the very latest thing.
Jack has certainly learnt a lot from what i saw since he can now do perfect dovetail joints. Charlie, his teacher says things like:
“here, try this Chilean Mahogany, 100 years old..” when Jack says he isn’t ready Charlie replies:
“But its only a piece of wood until you’ve worked on it”..
Bethoven’s symphony Number 7 plays in the workshop scenes. Nice touch and a cool change form most irksome background so called atmospheric music. I could almost forgive Jack Irish for playing Jazz when Jack is officially relaxing. Almost..
I haven’t figured out what kind of car Jack Irish drives yet there was a close-up at one point possibly for this very purpose since i could see the name written in silver longhand on the back. However i missed it. Suffice it to say Jack’s car is old, its all white and completely gorgeous. It has long double fins and is large like an old Pontiac.
To be continued in Part Two of Jack Irish.
(having run out of time, not in an apocalyptic way or anything)