Dom Hemingway (15) ***

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The opening scene of Dom Hemingway is a bit of a shocker.

Jude Law is standing nude - from the top up, we can’t see below - making a long speech about the brilliance of manhood, spitting on every other word.

Jude Law and Richard E Grant in Dom Hemingway.   Picture: PA Photo/Lionsgate publicity.

Jude Law and Richard E Grant in Dom Hemingway. Picture: PA Photo/Lionsgate publicity.

He finishes, and a woman emerges from below his belt.

Law’s appearance is shocking too. To play the criminal of the title, the actor piled on more than 20 pounds. In addition to the bulk, he wears a fixture in his nose to make it look broken, sports some dodgy-looking teeth and his naturally receding hairline is prominently on show.

It turns out that Dom is in prison, but not for long. He is released soon after the start of the film and promptly beats up the man who married his ex-wife, nursed her through the cancer that killed her and took care of Dom’s daughter.

Punch-up over, Dom meets up with old friend and criminal colleague, Dickie (Richard E Grant). After a long drink and drug-fuelled session, the pair head off to the south of France to meet crime boss Mr Fontaine (Demian Bichir).

Dom is hoping to be rewarded for keeping his mouth shut during his 12-year stint in prison.

Law does what he can with the confused material while Grant plays a sarcastic, droll comic foil.