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NOT a comedy - but a great film nonetheless,
This review is from: Cemetery Junction [DVD]  (DVD)
First off, I suspect that this can be the 'Truman Show' equivalent for Gervais and Merchant. What I mean is that I was severely disappointed when I watched the Truman Show all those years ago because I imagined that since Jim Carrey was playing the lead, it was going to be a hilarious comedy. I was sorely mistaken and therefore sorely disappointed.
The same mistake can be made with Cemetery Junction, particularly with people touting it as 'the best thing Gervais and Merchant have done since The Office'. It probably is the best thing they have done but that doesn't mean you are going to see David Brent on speed.
Cemetery Junction is a poignant and still appropriate movie set in the 1970's that deal with some very serious issues. To call it a 'coming of age' movie would be an injustice because American Pie also falls into that category.
The official Amazon review says that the three lead characters work for a local insurance company. This is incorrect. Only the lead character of Freddie (Christian Cooke) does. He is ambitious and does not want to end up like his dad (Gervais) working in a factory all his life.
Tom Hughes as Bruce Pearson does work in a factory, as his dad used to. He has a chip on his shoulder and likes getting into fights. Hates where he lives and hates his dad but is too scared to leave.
And Snork... "because I have a nose for...." is the butt of the jokes.
Each lead character is very clearly different and yet endearing in their own way. Ralph Fiennes plays the rags-to-riches Insurance man extremely well and Emily Watson uses the little bit of camera-time to great effect too.
My wife and I found this to be an excellent film. It moves at a very steady pace, it is well shot with a good 70's look to it. The characters are all well-defined and a myriad of issues are touched upon sufficiently to put across the point.
Ambition, social pressures, achievement, class, money, love, family, violence, alcohol, travel, friendships, WWII, respect, are all sufficiently touched upon in a film that is endearing and enjoyable. That's not easy to do but Gervais and Merchant (of all people) have done it.
This is one of the best films I have watched recently (and I watched about a dozen over Christmas!)I highly recommend it.
Hope that helps.
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Initial post: 7 May 2011 16:43:49 BDT
J. Brimble says:
Couldn't agree more. So many themes beautifully interwoven into a moving story, and there were even a few big laughs. Loved it.
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