When it comes to bread, nothing is better than feeling the warmth come from a nice fresh crusty loaf, right? You instantly hug the loaf, especially on a cold, winter’s day, walking back from the local bakery, trying to keep warm. However, with supermarkets and large franchises popping up everywhere, they are cutting out the local bakeries from our streets, only to replace it with “fresh from frozen” loaves.
Dough tells the story of Nat Dayan (Jonathan Pryce), Jew and owner of Dayan & Sons Bakery, a local business in a small town near London. His business is about to collapse due to the construction of Cotton Industries popping up within their vicinity. With his employees needing more money, they end up handing in their resignation. Luckily, Ayyash Habimana (Jerome Holder), a young Muslim, is desperate for a job and will take anything he can get, but he brings bad goods along with him in the form of drug dealers and stoners. Can he make it work or does his criminal background takeover?
With a half original combination, you think this would be something of a triumph for a British film, but it does nothing but fail to impress. Jonathan Pryce’s acting career is falling drastically and taking up scripts such as this one, he must have been on something at the time of reading it. Even with the support of Jerome Holder, a young, up and coming actor, you would think this would savor it somehow, but it only left a sour taste in the mouth. The pairing of them both throughout felt so disjointed and the acting is another level of poor. Furthermore, the support from a range of different characters was non-existent, they were supposed to help tell the story but they only made it worse. At times, you feel sorry and just laugh because of how badly the script is written, the borderline racist jokes are cringe-worthy, whatever made them think any of these jokes were funny baffles me. Also, the direction from John Goldschmidt is terrible. It feels like he didn’t care whatsoever when it came to getting the right shot or take and don’t even get me started on the editing. Sound distorted and levels all over the place. It’s like they screwed this film into a tight paper ball but instead of throwing it in the garbage, they missed the bin completely and chundered it out into this failure.
I am proud to be British and I know the British film industry can strive and succeed. As an aspiring director and film-maker, I hope to be a part of that success, I also hope that I can produce better films than this. It’s not the worst thing I have ever seen, but it’s hard to stay invested in something so bad. If this is what is coming out as fresh content from the United Kingdom, I’d rather consume the frozen products from abroad.