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4.0 out of 5 stars perfect in many ways (but not all) - very enjoyable, 11 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Gosford Park [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Julian Fellowes won the Oscar for best original screenplay with this, deservedly. In three ways the film is almost perfect - that is one ; the sense of atmosphere and gently-mocked authenticity of the country house setting is another ; and the marvellous acting from an extraordinary cast, one of the great pleasures of this film, is the third. It is a mystery story, a genuinely intriguing one, and the mix of characters above and below stairs makes solving the mystery a hard task ; and the solution, when it comes, is unexpected. Along the way you have an entertainingly patrician, cash-strapped Maggie Smith as Lady Trentham, Michael Gambon appropriately boorish as the nouveau riche who pulls the strings of his artistocratic wife's awful family, Clive Owen very memorable as Park, a valet, Kelly Macdonald as the meek but astute little Scottish lady's maid who actually solves the whodunit (but keeps the solution largely to herself), Emily Watson as a capable servant who is the only one who regrets the death of the murdered party and has her own reasons for doing so, Alan Bates as a fantastic butler and above all Helen Mirren and Eileen Atkins as the housekeeper and cook who vie with each other for supremacy below stairs. I've seen the film several times and I always enjoy it. My one problem with it is in the casting of Stephen Fry as a suave but deeply clod-hopping - deeply unconvincing too, I think - police inspector ; it's a rather self-indulgent Stephen Fry comic turn. But, as he would say in another context, no matter. It's a most unusual and enjoyable film.
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Initial post: 4 Oct 2014 06:01:35 BDT
Sorry but Albert Finney is not the actor's name. Try Alan Bates

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2014 08:52:30 BDT
hillbank68 says:
Many thanks for pointing out my error - I'll edit the review accordingly.
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