Last night I caught the tail-end of The Edge Of Love’s time in UK cinemas: The Edge Of Love most notably stars Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller alongside Cillian Murphy and Matthew Rhys. The film is loosely based around the life of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (most well-known for writing ‘Under Milk Wood’), who in his later years spent a lot of time writing in the small village of Laugharne in the South of Wales, where I spent many a family holiday when I was growing up. However, only a very small portion of the film was actually shot on location in Laugharne, and a lot of the film is set in London during the Blitz. The film’s plot focuses more on the unlikely friendship of Dylan’s wife Caitlin and childhood friend Vera than it does on his life or work. Throughout the film both Caitlin and Vera’s husband William have suspicions over Dylan’s friendship with Vera and who the poems he writes are actually about, and the motives of William and Vera’s marriage soon become unclear. These emotions come tumbling out when William returns from fighting abroad to find out how much has changed in his absence. The Edge Of Love is for the most part harrowing and heartbreaking - scenes of London’s bombing, the terrors William experiences in the army and the violence he brings home with him, the abuse of alcohol and the pressures of unrequited love - but at times homely and even comforting. Keira Knightley copes well with the Welsh accent, something I was sceptical about when seeing she’d be playing a leading role, and Sienna Miller makes a much better wife for Dylan than Lindsay Lohan, who was originally cast for the role but would have contributed nothing but comedy value, could ever have done. I left the cinema not quite knowing what to feel - while scenes of this film are hilarious, others are deeply disturbing. If you’re after an accurate historic account of Dylan Thomas’s love life, this probably won’t quite live up to truth, but besides that it was spectacular and utterly convincing - excuse the cliché, but just like a rollercoaster. With what was clearly a very well thought-out script and plenty of kaleidoscope cinematography, an appropriate yet unobtrusive soundtrack and a sound cast, this is easily one of the best films to hit the cinemas so far this year.