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Richard Ayoade’s The Double is an enchanting, darkly humorous odd-fest of unspeakable depth and coolness. Interested? Read on.

Just hearing the British multi-talented comedian’s name immediately summons up the image of Moss from the IT Crowd (the show he’s arguably best known for), and a lot of hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments. But nothing really prepares for what The Double brings to the table.

Adapted from Dostoevsky’s 1846 novella of the same name, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg as awkward, timid Simon James who finds himself in a cold, unyielding world, full of cold and unyielding people. It seems like the whole world hates him and he’s rejected by everything – even machines. Mia Wasikowska is his only light in the darkness, but he has trouble reaching out to the only person who might matter. Cue the arrival of his doppleganger, James Simon, who looks exactly like Simon right down to the clothes on his back. He’s confident, popular, charismatic, and a negative force of destruction who tries to take over Simon’s life – during the course of the film, we find out if Simon has what it takes to claim it back for himself.

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Visually fascinating to watch, the way The Double is shot and the sort of old-fashioned, unusual backdrop are just the right levels of enchanting and disturbing, and it all adds to the overall sense of weirdness and psychological entrapment. Dark and claustrophobic, it’s also easy to see why Ayoade has named Orson Welles’ Kafka adaptation The Trial one of the key influences. Some of the shots are also beautiful and obscure, as well as a joy to watch.

Aside from the unique feeling of this film, Eisenberg plays both roles perfectly. The timing of his awkward interactions with the object of his desires is particularly darkly funny and sweet (the elevator scenes, for instance) and the way Wasikowska plays off it is superb; a great casting match.

With references to Pinocchio and not feeling like a real person, this is a movie is an unmissable gem for anyone who has ever felt like they don’t just don’t fit in.