Charles Dicken’s classic tale, Oliver Twist, gets a brand new streetwise take in Twist, and this is Dicken’s like we’ve never seen before.
Charles Dicken’s classic story, Oliver Twist, finds new light in the 21st century with Oliver, now known as Twist, a street-smart graffiti artist and free-runner who finds himself involved in the mercurial dealings of art thief Fagin, who is planning the ultimate score.
Bringing Charles Dicken’s best-known work firmly into the 21st century in Twist, director Martin Owen places the story firmly in modern-day London, with Oliver (Rafferty Law), now known by his street-name Twist, as a free-running graffiti artist and do-gooder, who finds himself brought into the midst of art-dealer turned smuggler Fagin (Michael Caine) and younger Gen-Z audiences will find plenty of new energy in this tale. Shot with an almost internet savvy style, Owen keeps the pace fast, and the energy kinetic as Twist and Fagin’s crew plan the ultimate heist job.
While Twist does stick fairly well to Dicken’s classical narrative, the author’s classic characters find new appearances in the form of Rita Ora as Dodge, a street-smart hustler who takes Twist under her wing, while Lena Headey channels bad-girl criminal meanness as the newly gender-swapped gangster Sikes. However, it’s Michael Caine who holds the whole picture together through his performance as Fagin, now seen here as a former art-dealer turned art thief and smuggler leader, and again he brings his usual class and sophistication to the role.
Twist is a film that will appeal to younger viewers who are looking for something different and fun. It’s also a film that confirms that Dicken’s works are essentially timeless in their construction and should continue to be celebrated.