DIRECTED BY: NIALL JOHNSON
WRITTEN BY: NIALL JOHNSON AND RICHARD SUSSO
STARRING: DAME MAGGIE SMITH, ROWAN ATKINSON
AND KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS
BY: JEZEBELL AAREN MAE
A short review just to bring a surprisingly alternative movie to the notice of the majority who would not think to notice it without a nudge.
Not a fan of U.K film I had to review this movie as not only is it a U.K movie that I like it is a really good movie and as I have found there are not many who have seen or even know about it. A dark comedy about family life set in a small Cornish town about a vicar, Atkinson, his bored wife, Thomas, their nymphomaniac daughter and bullied son. They all attempt to deal with their lives in their own way, Thomas by having an affair with her golfing instructor played by Patrick Swayze and Atkinson by attempting to add comedy to his sermons.
Help comes in the form of Smith who plays Thomas long lost criminally insane mother who, as soon as she settles in, begins killing off the towns residents whom she considers un-desirable. Which, both ironically and humourlessly brings the family back together easing into a nice, though comically sad ending which, oddly enough, is not due to the body count. This synopsis is short and does in no means clues yall in to what really happens as if I were to elaborate further in this vein it would ruin the movies appeal.
It is a subtle blend of a dark humour and irony managing to show murder in an honest, completely reasonable and innocent light, plus, if you think about it, how much fun would it be to see an old lady kill people with everything from a shovel to an iron? Most of the poignancies and seriousness come from Atkinson as he begins to realise things about life and his family. I really like this movie and recommend it for everything it is, including the dark and sinister set under warm fairytale sunshine in a wholesome setting – Ha, irony.