Michael Fassbender's new movie debuts with 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating

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Fassbender's new movie debuts with 100% RT ratingCourtesy of Sundance Institute

Michael Fassbender's new movie Kneecap has debuted with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating.

The film tells the story of a rap trio from Belfast who form in the late 2010s and become the unlikely figureheads of a civil rights movement attempting to save the declining Irish language. They also do a lot of ketamine along the way.

Fassbender plays a father figure turned political martyr, while real-life Kneecap members Liam Óg Ó hAnnaidh, Naoise Ó Cairealláin, and JJ Ó Dochartaigh all play themselves.

Rich Peppiatt directs the film after previously helming one of the band's music videos, despite not being an Irish speaker himself.

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After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival (the first Irish-language film to do so), critics who have seen it have all posted positive reviews, leading to its 100% rating.

The reviews generally state that Kneecap is a funny biopic with raucous energy and a lot of foul language, but it's also a solid drama about the political situation, although some reviews wish it leaned more towards the latter.

The reviews also point out that Fassbender looks like he's having a great time in the film (as are the rest of the cast), though he's not actually in it all that much.

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The film is part of Fassbender's return to acting following a four-year hiatus.

Explaining his break, he said that he was able to pursue his "obsession" with motorsport, stating: "It's an obsession and feels so right as I have no affinity with any other sport. I am super addicted, and I want to go back and do Le Mans again – it was extraordinary."

Kneecap does not have a release window at the time of writing.

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