Glaswegian Barney Thomson (played by Robert Carlyle) is a meek barber with a monotonous life at risk of losing his job due to his behaviour with customers, but after he accidentally kills his boss (played by Stephen McCole) during an argument, he goes to his brash & eccentric mother Cemolina (played by Emma Thomspon) for help over the situation. But after his victim's disappearance arouses suspicion in the local area, the police investigate including Cockney Inspector Holdall (played by Ray Winstone) & Detective June Robertson (played by Ashley Jensen), as they believe that this is connected to another case involving a murderer mailing chopped up body parts to the victims' family/friends in a similar area, which also doesn't help as Barney ends up killing colleague & rival barber Chris (played by Martin Compston) after he discovers the truth and is blackmailed by his friend Charlie (played by Brian Pettifer). But as his life & mind spirals out of control due to the dark secrets he's keeping from everyone & the police aggressively pursuing him, Barney discovers some more twists & turns as he inadvertantly becomes a serial killer.
The visual style of the film is also a massive praise I must give, as it goes for the indie/art-house style similar to works by Quentin Tarantino or Wes Andersen, including the motif of the colour red, the heavy use of dark lighting along with the setting of the east-end of Glasgow giving it a very distinct & gritty look. The editing & camera-work including numerous wide angle lense shots, dutch angles, slow motion, time-lapses and dolly zooms also manage to create a rather amusing yet rather unsettling atmosphere as more revelations come into play and Barney's life gets more and more out of control.
And believe it or not, I actually got to meet Robert himself! If I can be perfectly honest, I'm still in shock that I've met the actor who plays my absolute favourite Once Upon A Time character (who also happens to be my favourite actor of all time) and he is such a nice man (and I did get a kiss from him)!
The Legend of Barney Thomson will be released in cinemas on July 24th.