All of Us Strangers – The DVDfever Cinema Review – Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal

All of Us Strangers All of Us Strangers opens with Adam (Andrew ScottSpectre), a writer who adapts film scripts, working late in his apartment, in a largely empty building, since for whatever reason, there’s hardly anybody living there… only, it seems, Harry (Paul MescalThe Lost Daughter), who knocks on his door, offering some whisky.

On another occasion, a fire drill takes place, with only Andrew heading to the fire point, yet he can see Harry still in his flat, looking down towards him.

Additionally, Adam revisits his old childhood home, checking out his old bedroom, but unlike how most of us would behave, he imagines meeting his parents (Jamie Bell and Claire Foy) as they were back then, and discussing life with them, updating them on things, such as meeting Harry. But how would their mindset view his lifestyle and the fact he’s not heterosexual? Either way, his mum certainly dresses like the ’80s, almost like Mad Lizzie from TV-AM!

As an aside, I was always gutted to leave our childhood home in late 1983 after my parents split up, and we ended up in a smaller house, so after a couple of changes of ownership, it was back up for sale in 2022, and I went for a look-see, posing as a prospective buyer, even having a backstory planned as to my wife and children that would live there, too, but the guy never asked me about any of that, just showed me round. I later read that estate agents can instantly tell whether or not you’re there as a serious buyer, and that ratio of the two is around 50/50.

Plus, at one point, Adam’s playing the LP of Now That’s What I Call Music 10, and The Housemartins’ Build comes on. I wondered whether it really is on that compilation, or if they just put that in for nerds like me who’d look it up and check… but yes! It’s track 26 out of 30.

And some additional thoughts on the film, for which I’ll hide behind a spoiler banner:

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Overall, while All Of Us Strangers is a great film, it does feature tropes I’ve seen before, so it’s not perfect.

All Of Us Strangers is in cinemas now, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD. However, once announced, it will appear on the New DVD Blu-ray 3D and 4K releases UK list.

All of Us Strangers – Official Trailer – Searchlight Pictures

Detailed specs:

Running time: 105 minutes
Release date: January 26th 2024
Studio: Studiocanal
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Super 35)
Cinema: Odeon Trafford Centre
Rating: 8.5/10

Director: Andrew Haigh
Producers: Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin, Sarah Harvey
Screenplay: Andrew Haigh
Novel: Taichi Yamada (“Strangers”)
Music: Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch

Adam: Andrew Scott
Harry: Paul Mescal
Dad: Jamie Bell
Mum: Claire Foy
Young Adam: Carter John Grout
Waitress: Ami Tredrea