Watching films is one of my favourite hobbies. Often the films I watch aren't the biggest, or newest, films of the moment - but smaller independent movies, things on late night TV, or simply films I missed first time around. Not to say that the latest cinema releases don't get a look-in: my tastes are pretty diverse and I'll give almost any film a chance! This blog aims to reflect something of that diversity, reviewing as many of the films that I've watched since November 2008 as possible.
Wednesday 6th October 2010
Director: Stephen Frears Year: 2010 Stars: Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Bill Camp, Roger Allam, Tamsin Greig, Luke Evans
At times, I really enjoyed this film. At other times, I hated all the characters in it and wondered why anybody would care about any of them. I think this was in fact the point (everybody has their flaws/ nobody is perfect), so I'm not sure if I can truly fault the film for it.
Arterton is Tamara Drewe, a girl who comes back to the Dorset village she grew up in to sell off her mum's house after her death. A lot of the villagers remain, but there are now also some bored teenagers causing havoc.
The bored teenagers are possibly the best thing in this - insightfully written, and probably a lot like how I would have behaved (well, they may be a bit worse) if I'd had to grow up in a tiny village like this one. They are also central to the story - one thing I can say for this film is that no character is wasted. Just like real life, they all have their own subplots, but it being a tiny village, they are also all connected in some way.
Worth a watch, but just don't expect to like any of the characters. You will happily judge them though.
I live in Bristol with my husband Dan (who I married in July 2007), my son Joe (born 2012) and daughter Jess (born 2015). I work at UWE (the University of the West of England) in Bristol as a Research and Open Access Librarian.
I'm orginally from Exeter, so moving back to Bristol is a bit like coming home - especially as I studied for my undergraduate degree here (also at UWE). I love travelling and movies, although I get to do a lot less of both since the birth of our children. Although we have still managed to fit in holidays to the Isles of Scilly, Chamonix and a summer in California since Joe was born.