The real breakout in Life is Bakare. Derry’scarelessness, driven by obsession (grown, the movie implies, from the character’s physical disability and his subsequent over-compensatory attitude) instigates the film’s devolvement from Space discovery to creature feature.
“Bakare’s performance had an admirably radiant ease.”
Again, the most startling scenes were the more fantastical ones involving the sinister Gentleman and the Poles’s butler (Ariyon Bakare),
telegraph on Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
an extraordinary performance in an exceptional production...Bakare's performance is simply stunning
British Theatre Guide on The Mountaintop