A lovely British Film that does not try too hard, is not filled full of special effects and moments of spectacular awe inspiring wonder to visually pull you in. No what this fil has is a great couple of characters and the relationship that exists between them, it wanders along in a timeless way that gradually pulls you in. Lovely warming film
Excellent film but having James Corden on the cover was a little disappointing as he appears for 10 seconds says a whopping 2 words, in the background! Very deceptive marketing which I was pretty offended by. However Maggie Smith gives a legendary performance as always and could single-handedly carry an entire film. Very enjoyable, time flew.
I bought this knowing I would be so entertained. NOT disappointed in any way at all. Amazing performances and portrayal of the novelist, story teller and raconteur Alan Bennett at the time he just moved to London. Living in a desirable part of London the last thing he expected was the old camper van with "old lady" of no fixed address and dodgy bowels. Hilarious and heart warming as the dry but humour emerges during the extended years of van and old lady on Alan's house drive. Dame Maggie Smith is outstanding as always as the homeless lady always optimistic but stubborn. Loved every minute of it.
This is an engaging film to watch and is all the more extraordinary since it was based on real events. The narrative is about the relationship between a homeless woman and the author Alan Bennett. The film is so realistically portrayed that at times it seems like a reality TV show, and all the main characters are believable.
The film is humorous and emotionally moving without being over sentimental.
Wonderful Maggie Smith as the cranky homeless Miss Shepherd. The story of the lady in the van is very interesting and touching. The dialogues between the writer/author and the everyday person Alan Bennett are superfluous, confusing and boring. So is his complicated relationship with his mother. The movie would have been much better concentrating on Miss Shepherd's story without these endless inner monologues - played by two persons on the screen, both performed by Alex Jennings. Still: Alan Bennett was very tolerant and socially minded to let live the lady for 15 years in his driveway!
Even the worst film will have someone who reviews it and awards 5 stars. Well, this isn't the worst film, far from it, and it doesn't receive 5 stars (can anything creative be truly perfect?). I haven't read the original memoir by Alan Bennett, but the movie adaptation contains great performances from the two lead actors. I particularly liked how the two sides of Alan Bennett's character is in the scene at the same time, giving the view of his 'head' and his 'heart'. Very British in all ways and very recommended viewing.
Can anything MORE be said to rave about Dame Maggie Smith's riveting performances? Difficult as that may be, I've got to bow to one of the great Dame's of cinema here and now. To play a real life street woman who can practically be smelled of stench due to Dame Maggie's flagrant and forthright characterization, a person so far from who I imagine the actor herself to be, had to really stretch even someone with her acting skills. The story is quite unique. The twist at the end is well worth the wait.
A film I immensely enjoyed having read the book, but mist the play I found this film version an absolute gem. What can say about Maggie Smith, she stole the film with her marvellous performance ably backed up by Alex Jennings playing Mr Bennet. Pathos, humour, hint of mystery the film had it all, along with the realisation that the street on which they lived also had some very well known residents at the time. If you have not seen it, do!
A much hyped film that lived up to the expectation. Maggie Smith's performance is excellent and the film just moves along at an easy pace when the story is about nothing much really. If you were not utterly captivated by Maggie's performance and laughing out loud at the outrageous things she says with such brilliant comedic skill, you would probably rate it at average, even though the story is well known to Alan Bennett fans. I challenge you not to be thoroughly entertained from the first minute.