CHRISTOPHER AND HIS KIND is a pleasant surprise in a number of ways. While it never quite escapes that certain TV-level plateau in its writing, direction and production values -- all is perfectly accept-able, mind you, but rarely rises above that -- the film still offers plenty of enjoyable moments, ripe visuals and stellar, sometimes juicy performances.
Matt Smith (at left, above and below, and one of the many Dr. Whos), who portrays Isherwood as the randy and increasingly thoughtless and selfish young-unto-middle-aged man for whom life was basical-ly an interesting and enjoyable game. His square face, with deep-set eyes and broad nose, is even quite reminiscent of the young Michael York, who played the Isherwood character in Cabaret.
Toby Jones, slumming enjoyably as one of the tenants in Christopher's rooming house, Lindsay Duncan (above, right), very well-cast as Isherwood's mother, and Imogen Poots (below) in the role of another tenant, the chanteuse Jean Ross, who would later be immortalized as Sally Bowles. Ms Poots, while she will not make you forget the sterling work of a certain Ms Minnelli, is quite good in her own right.
Alexander Doetsch, below), who is clearly in it for the money,
Douglas Booth, below), whom our "hero" takes under his wing (and other body parts) and whom he tries to spirit out of Nazi Germany before war begins.