Gosford Park details
|Starring:||Kristin Scott-Thomas, Emily Watson, Sophie Thompson, Jeremy Northam, Clive Owen, Derek Jacobi, James Wilby, Helen Mirren, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Fry, Kelly MacDonald, Alan Bates, Michael Gambon|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Run time:||2 hours 17 minutes|
|Rental release:||15 Jul 2002|
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Listen to the critics, not the public!By Steve H from Manchester, England , 15 Nov 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]The critics loved this film and the puclic hated it. It's easy to understand why if you read some of the reviews by the professionals. They described it as very funny, sophisticated, clever etc etc and to be honest this film is a little over the head of Joe Public who went to see it expecting laugh-a-minute jokes and obvious humour. This is an incredibly subtle film and the humour isn't the sort that will appeal to the mass market. It comes almost as much from what is not said as what the stars actually say. The detail of the film and the quality of the acting is top notch and I can't recommend this film highly enough to a cultured viewer.
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DullBy Kate2008 (10 reviews) from Ferndown , 23 Mar 2009Some of the acting is fantastic and I can see why some might enjoy this film, but I agree with the others who said it was all just a bit flat. The upper class snobs and their servants wander round the house having uninspiring conversations with no focus. I turned it off before the end, because it was nice to have on as background noise but I really did not care what happened.
Alone in its ClassBy Darlingpiglet (16 reviews) from Wells , 25 Feb 2009Some people are rich, some people are poor; that only happens in England, nowhere else in the world at all, and therefore we have to accept all other nations going on and on and ON about our 'class system'! But, irritability aside, don't watch this film for excitement - in the first two-thirds nothing happens, and in the last third not very much. But it is a beautiful (and loving?) recreation of its world, and I'd like to see it a second time after my next visit to a National Trust property. Stephen Fry as the incompetent police inspector was the only character in whom I did not believe - he was hamming it up and, as always, too recognisably Stephen Fry; it took me nearly the whole film to recognise Helen Mirren - that is acting!
wonderfulBy a customer from Oxford , 11 Feb 2009i always love this movie every time i watch it. such a beautiful (and based on the extras i would say interestingly accurate) portrayal of the class system in england at the time. not to be watched in the middle of the night, its heavy on dialogue, and essentially pretty slow going. if you can keep yourself into it, i think you'll be thoroughly rewarded. not for those only into action or romantic comedies!
ps. definitely watch the extras - deleted scenes - as essentially a story line of 'the end of service' has been cut out - to the benefit of the film, but interesting nonetheless
oh my godBy a customer from London , 07 Feb 2009this is a total disaster - there are about 400 suspects - zero detective work goes on and then with 2 mins to go they sort of announce the killer but by then you are deep in a sleep ....
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Excellent first half and then 'Oh dear'By a customer from Waterlooville , 03 Feb 2009The first half of this film is superb, excellent acting and it gives a splendid idea of what life was like above and below stairs at a country house weekend. What ruined the film for me was the arrival of Stephen Fry as a bumbling police inspector. His role was totally wrong and it could have been so much better. I really struggled to watch the remainder of the film. Therefore 5 stars for the first half and one star for the second half, so an overall average of 3 stars.