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A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.
|Studio :||BBC Films, Ruby Films, UK Film Council,|
|Crew :||Production Design, Set Decoration,|
|Cast :||Roger Allam Bronagh Gallagher Joel Fry Dominic Cooper Gemma Arterton|
|Genre :||Comedy Romance|
This movie is magnificent!
Load of rubbish!!
Strong acting helps the film overcome an uncertain premise and create characters that hold our attention absolutely.
Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable
Throughly enjoyed this film. The characters married beautifully to such a deliciously scribed plot, and were oh so believable... even the cringe factor worked - when gorgeous Tamara stoops well short (way shorter than her short shorts-geez if only i could pull that look off...) and sleeps with the guy who reminds me of Christopher Hitchens (... nice brain - ah, Hitchens, that is, but shame about the rest...)... and the schoolgirls - oh..the two teenage girls totally carried this movie they were AWESOME !! Anybody who did not enjoy this movie hasn't been around. The various characters - the lecherous writer, the 'put upon' housewife, the rock star and the hotel licensee were fantastically observed characters. I loved it!
Comedy can be a difficult thing to do really well, and so many filmmakers have learned this the hard way. Having a great cast and competent director is instantly negated if the script is weak, because the material for them to work off simply isn't there. Unfortunately, this is the curse that "Tamara Drewe" suffers greatly from - it's got good moments and a fantastic group of skilled actors, but it never lives up to its promise.The film tells the story of a small English country town which is suddenly turned over when Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton), an attractive journalist, returns to the village after many years. A lot of people are drawn to Tamara, including a drummer, a local farm-hand and an ageing writer, and there is a bit of good comedy from their reactions to her. The writer, played the fantastic Roger Allam, has an affair with her despite his long term marriage to his wife, played by Tamsin Greig. The chaos which Tamara creates is occasionally funny, but is sometimes too drawn out and unrealistic to be enjoyable. Gemma Arterton is mostly quite annoying as Tamara, and the fact that the film doesn't actually have a very likable main character prevents it from becoming too enjoyable.What really lifts the film from being completely awful is the cast of experienced actors and a few good comedic set pieces. Allam and Greig's chemistry and arguing is very well managed, and Allam gives us a fantastic depiction of the 'mid-life crisis' through his ageing writer. Dominic Cooper is also quite amusing as the vain rockstar, but Luke Evans' 'hunky farm-boy' act is relatively dull. The two children who keep messing things up are also very irritating, and despite being crucial to certain chaotic events in the movie, really just feel like someone should give them a slap.Stephen Frears helms the film, and this makes it slightly more disappointing given the recent successes of "The Queen" and "High Fidelity", which I loved greatly. He does capture the countryside well, and makes it a good setting for so much romantic mayhem. The script is a large problem however, keeping too many romcom clichés while trying to work as a slower paced screwball comedy. We are in the 'ridiculous' so much that it makes it disappointing that unfortunately we never reach the 'sublime'. While 'Tamara Drewe' is light and mostly well acted, perhaps it's just not for me.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I sat down to watch this; I'd read that it was a comic updating of Thomas Hardy's 'Far From the Madding Crowd' and was curious to see how it would be done even though my knowledge of the original is limited to a television adaptation. In a Dorset village things are about to change; Tamara Drewe is coming home and this once ugly duckling has had a nose job and become a beautiful swan who quickly catches the eyes of local men. These include former boyfriend Andy and married author Nicholas Hardiment, although the man to catch her is visiting rock star Ben Sergeant. The couple are soon engaged to be married but things go wrong when Jody, a jealous school, girl breaks into Tamara's house and sends out an email from Tamara's account inviting Ben, Andy and Nicolas to come round to her house and have sex! As her engagement collapses she falls into the arms of the older man Nicolas; this relationship doesn't last long though as Jody's friend Casey snaps the two of them together and sends it to his wife. As the end approaches the key question is; who will Tamara end up with? She isn't the only person who will get a new man though.I enjoyed this far more than I expected; at first I thought the set up looked like an episode of 'Midsomer Murders' without the murder but perhaps that isn't a bad thing! Gemma Arteron was a delight as Tamara; I can understand why the men of the village fell for her; especially after seeing her in hot-pants! Other notable performances came from Roger Allam who played Nicolas Hardiment, Tamsin Greig who played his wife Beth and Jessica Barden who played school girl Jody. The story was fun with quite a few laughs and a good set of characters. Some might complain that it is more televisual rather than cinematic but I didn't see that as a problem; I thought the look gave it a pleasantly familiar feel. The story contains nothing too offensive although some may be offended by the swearing and the small amount of fairly innocent nudity.
This is a wonderful film by Steve Frears, one of the best he has ever directed. The casting is perfect, and the performances are all perfect as well. The film is set in Dorset, and was largely shot on location there. (Dorset, for those who do not know, is in the southwest of England, is very rural, and is where Thomas Hardy set most of his novels, using the invented name of 'Wessex' to designate Dorset and its surrounding areas.) The film is sublimely subtle in its humour and its satire, which is important, because the entire film is satirical. Every character is the focus of affectionate and gentle satire, and no one is taken at face value. Some of the characters are more extreme examples than others. For instance, the successful crime novelist played by Roger Allam is shown as a suffocatingly smug, self-regarding, egotistical, conceited ass, wallowing in his commercial success and taking that as proof of his superiority over other mere mortals. He is the most antipathetic of the characters by far, as he is meant to be. The most powerful performance in the film, surprisingly, is by a young girl named Jessica Barden. She plays a 15 year-old schoolgirl who is obsessed with a pop star. Not since CLUELESS (1995) has such a hilarious and powerful satire of a teen-aged girl been seen on screen. Barden was actually 17 when she filmed this, but she is small and looks convincingly 15. By stealing the show, she reminds me of the young stage actress Bryony Hannah who stole the stage show of Lillian Hellman's THE CHILDREN'S HOUR in London in 2010, eclipsing those two ancient actresses Keira Knightley and Elizabeth Moss. Sometimes these kids can walk away with the prize, leaving the older pros behind in the dust. Jessica Barden is even more overwhelming a screen presence than Juno Temple, another young actress who steals scenes from her elders all the time. With kids like that around, no older actress's laurels are safe. Compared to Barden, who is as wild as if she were high on coke throughout the shooting, Gemma Arterton as the title character Tamara Drewe comes across as so tame she seems half-asleep. But that adds to the charm of her dotty character. She is meant to be rather dreamy and tentative, since she is after all recovering from a nose job. When she was younger she had a huge nose which spoiled her appearance, and she was rudely called 'Conk'. Now she is a sexpot with a small nose and all male heads turn as she passes. So she returns to the tiny village, or hamlet, of Ewedown in Dorset, where she grew up, ostensibly to sell her mother's house, but really to parade her new self amongst those who knew her before. (As regards Ewedown, for those not familiar with farming, it perhaps should be mentioned that a ewe is a female sheep, just as a sow is a female pig, and a mare is a female horse, and just as there is nothing I can name that is anything like a dame. I think I should charge for all this advice.) Well, old flames rise from the cinders of the past, and are fanned by various tumultuous events (or at least what passes for tumult in a village). And then there is Jessica Barden sneaking into Tamara's house and sending wicked emails which people think are from Tamara. Naughty, naughty. The other 'best performance' in the film (I know there cannot be two 'bests', but who cares about grammar when making a point) is by the amazing Tamsin Greig, as the long-suffering wife of the conceited crime novelist. She simply acts everyone but Barden right off the screen. Greig is primarily known for her television and radio work, but she really ought to be in lots more feature films, especially as she has perfect comic timing and can also do trauma, sadness, and shock really well. Luke Evans plays a hunk and does very well at it, if you like hunks, and girls do, for some mysterious reason which I have never fathomed. (Girls also wonder why gentlemen prefer blondes.) He once dumped Tamara when she was a young 'Conk', but still loves her and hovers round the edges, occasionally peering through her windows. Dominic Cooper is marvellous as a spoilt rock star who has tantrums. He provides an excellent caricature. A main aspect of the story is a centre for aspiring writers in the village, presided over by the dutiful Greig and her arrogant husband. This provides scope for some high comedy concerning the 'residents', including one who will not allow anyone to speak to him when he has his hat on. The earnest American with writer's block who is supposed to be writing a biography of Hardy is the most charming, and is well portrayed. Someone has described this film as 'drenched in sarcasm', but I think a better description is 'soaked in satire'. The satire is not cruel, so it is wrong to call it sarcasm. The general theme of this film is the follies of which we are all capable, and it takes delight in showing us how silly we all are, but it does so gently. The whole thing is great fun, and so entertaining. People with no sense of humour will not understand a thing. This film is a comedy with such a light touch that its humour seems to brush you with a feather. It is really very, very difficult to pull off a comedy of this kind successfully. It is far easier to shoot tragedy than a successful comedy. When the crew start laughing you know you are in trouble, because that means you are doing too many 'in-jokes' and the public won't like it or understand it. This thoroughly delightful film wafts across our funny bones like a Dorset breeze.