I watched Mr Nice and two things kept repeating in my head; Rhys Ifans is an absolute legend and this is the movie that Blow (starring Johnny Depp) should have been. Based on his memoirs the film tells the true story of Howard Marks, an infamous British drug smuggler from the 1970s. Starting from his teens the movie has an effective Wizard Of Oz transition with everything in black & white until Marks tries his first drug, and then the picture turns to colour. Coming from an underprivileged upbringing he was highly intelligent and managed to work his way into Oxford University. Being exposed to drugs on campus he started on a road to wealth by means of smuggling marijuana into the UK from the Middle East. This is a really strong cast with Ifans in the lead, as brilliant as always (I have a man-crush on this guy). Chloe Sevigny is great as his wife and David Thewlis gives us possibly his best performance to date as the mad Irishman with whom Marks does most of his dealings. And then there's a nice touch with Crispin Glover playing one of the American contacts. It's a stylish film and director Bernard Rose (Candyman, Ivans XTC & Immortal Beloved) captures the 1970's era to perfection. Where so many 70s period movies look like a deliberate recreation, Rose has courageously made use of actual background footage from the era and superimposed the characters with use of green screen. It works incredibly well and for the few times when it does look obvious, it adds to the effect because Marks is stoned almost all of the time. This is an excellent biopic about a fascinating man. I can't figure out if it's a pro-drugs movie or an anti-drugs one... I kind of think it's leaning towards the pro.