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Gosford Park (2001)

we have recently renewed our Netflix subscription and we’re enjoying it to the point that we forgot about our 900plus channels. what I love about Netflix? the extensive collection, instant play, and tons of foreign language cinema. i already have more than a dozen in our queue list, and Gosford Park was the first movie I choose to see since the renewal. it was just the right movie to start things off.

Gosford Park, a British movie with quite an ensemble, is a murder mystery film set in a shooting party hosted by a noble family in 1930’s England. this was a time when distinctions between social classes was pronounced and was the strongest driving force that dictated everyone’s way of life. i enjoyed its desire to capture an era that has not been forgotten but is almost obsolete and how it was able to unfold the depth of its many characters despite the limited amount of time it can do so. such achievements are impressive already, but then the superior acting of Helen Mirin, Maggie Smith, and the young Clive Owen had to be added in too,  to show how good this movie was.

However, as a film addict who is used to and thrilled by more than the necessary amount of character development, the film still, somehow, leaves a lot to be desired. i wish the film was able to intensify the cruelty of the character that was murdered and why no remose was felt upon the death. i wish the script tried to stay away from the more obvious hints to help solve the murder mystery which I think are insults to an intelligent viewer’s intellect. i wish the chemistry between Clive Owen’s character and that of the countess’ maid was more apparent to somehow create a whimsical background to a serious plot. i wish Stephen Fry had a longer part in the film, and his character made even funnier.

yes there were more to be desired. but in conclusion, I enjoyed Gosford Park. welcome back to my life Netflix. may this be the beginning of great movie experiences to come.

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