I enjoy it just as i enjoy one of Ms Christie's book Brooke S February 13, 2008 One of those rare murder mystery movies that really deliver Carlos R ½February 13, 2008 Interesting take on a period piece. The exhilaration is slow to build. . Birgit E February 16, 2008 I love mysteries and good mystery-films are rare. Many critics considered it Robert Altman's best film in more than a decade. Maybe that's a good thing. It lasts roughly 2 hours 5 minutes - nothing actually happens until about 1 hour 15 minutes in! Mirren has won—and will win—all kinds of awards for this role, for the very good reason that her wrenching final scene makes sense of every disapproving glance and tight inflection that has preceded it.
Los invitados son muy dispares: una condesa, un héroe de la Primera guerra mundial, el ídolo de masas Ivor Novello, y un productor de cine norteamericano. That goes tenfold here: In these bustling, seemingly chaotic frames there are momentous forces at work. Sir William McCordle Michael Gambon and his wife Lady Sylvia Kristin Scott Thomas are a pair of wealthy British socialites who have invited a variety of friends, relatives, and acquaintances to their mansion in the country for a weekend of hunting and relaxation. When Sir William is found murdered in the library, everyone — and their servants — becomes a suspect. Among the guests are friends, relatives, the actor and composer Ivor Novello Jeremy Northam , and an American film producer Bob Balaban. Upstairs among the lords, ladies, countesses, and honorable muck-a-mucks are lassitude, ennui, and a surprising amount of financial anxiety Those Suez schemes didn't always pan out. Also starring Charles Dance, Michael Gambon, Richard E.
Interestingly there were no inside lap dogs amongst the guests, just the outside hunting dogs. But I'm still not sure who most of the charcters were and who was related to who. And attracted such an ensemble? I still have a hard time exactly following all the plot lines particularly the ones involving Isabelle, the daughter , but that's probably more me than the movie. The natural order reasserted itself, as it did in Dr. The content below is from the site's 2001 archived pages and reviews from outside sources including Rotten Tomatoes.
Grant and Arthur Jeremy Swift ; Probert Derek Jacobi , a valet to Sir William; housekeeper Mrs. Altman uses small jewelry items and art objects to indicate status. Slinky, enigmatic visiting valet Clive Owen gives off sinister vibes, like a romantic Boris Karloff. Wilson is the key downstairs subtext. Robert Altman, one of America's most distinctive filmmakers, journeys to England for the first time to create a unique film mosaic with an outstanding ensemble cast. Downstairs, where the visiting servants are addressed by the names of their employers by the butler Alan Bates , head housekeeper Helen Mirren , and head cook Eileen Atkins , a different kind of social order reigns.
David O February 12, 2008 A little slow-paced but interesting nonetheless. The cast is great, obviously, and my favorites were Owen, Mirren, Smith, and Fry as the delightfully incompetent detective. Altman, and perfectly presented by the players. Observing the proceedings are the domestic staff of the mansion, including imperious butler Jennings Alan Bates ; footmen George Richard E. The studio made it out to be a whodunnit when they marketed it, and it is nothing of the sort. And made it all so damned entertaining? What makes the movie miraculous is Altman's gaze. Lisa M February 11, 2008 Far too many characters to keep track of, couldn't remember hardly any of their names, the conclusion was near none existent and no one got murdered until an hour and a half into it! They'll be the death of me.
That at this late date we hardly need any more smug lefty reminders of the cruelty of the class system? The story centers on the McCordle family, particularly the man of the house, William McCordle. No superlatives of mine can do her justice: You must see this performance. As the weekend goes on, secrets are revealed, and it seems everyone, above stairs and below, wants a piece of William and his money, but how far will they go to get it? And it turns out that there's plenty worth gossiping about, especially after Sir William turns up dead, and everyone is ordered to stay at the mansion while the police investigate the killing. I'd get far more pleasure. It's all indirection, sometimes mischievous misdirection: You have to work to get your bearings, map out the relationships, separate the salient from the inconsequential—all while Altman and screenwriter Julian Fellowes are winking at you with sundry motives for murder, red herrings, and pointed shots of knives and poison bottles. How comforting a world in which everyone knew his or her place. And let everyone work at this high level? It wasn't always this way.
Private U February 9, 2008 Slow, yeah it is isn't it? And let everyone work at this high level? The story centers on the McCordle family, particularly the man of the house, William McCordle. Mientras los invitados ocupan las lujosas habitaciones de arriba, sus criados conviven abajo con la servidumbre de los anfitriones. Getting on in years, William has become benefactor to many of his relatives and friends. If you manage to last long enough, you'll eventually get to a murder case, and to be honest, Homer Simpson and Maggie would do a better job investigating. Yes to the above, but Gosford Park transcends these objections and more.
Nell Minow Common Sense Media December 24, 2010 Wonderful British whodunit with some sexual content. I could go hoarse singing the praises of this cast, of MacDonald's plaintive befuddlement and Watson's heartbreaking but so sexy mixture of jadedness and hope. I was especially moved by the intentional use of small items to presage class or standing. But when a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect. And that's basically it to be frank with you. Knowing this small bit, go see the film and see if you agree.
The American filmmaker, Robert Altman, takes a witty and absorbing look at the foibles of the British class system in this intelligent murder mystery set in the early '30s. If nothing else, he doesn't know what these people will do or say next. For example, instead of grand and large scale accoutrements. Among the honored guests are Constance Maggie Smith , Lady Sylvia's matronly aunt; Ivor Novello Jeremy Northam , William's cousin who is also a well-known actor and songwriter; and Morris Weissman Bob Balaban , an American film producer who is friendly with Ivor and researching an upcoming project. Anderson Combustible Celluloid May 26, 2006 It's lovely to see that Altman, now in his 70s, still has an acid bite that would sting filmmakers half his age.