Saturday, April 22, 2006
Keeping Mum

Don't say anything, but I think I kinda like this movie. Just keepin' mum, 'kay? Sorta funny dark British comedy with a twist. Basically, a simple story but intriguing nonetheless. Although I have to remind y'all whose usually hard to understand British humor, this movie is full of it. I just wanna say, enjoy the fun of this movie.

Gloria Goodfellow (Kristin Scott Thomas) is not very happy; her reverend husband, Walter (Rowan Atkinson) is always busy, forgetfull and a boring person, her oldest daughter, Holly (Tamsin Egerton) is a nymphomaniac, her youngest son, Petey (Tobey Parkes) is shy and always bullied in school. She hates her small town where neighbors are too chatty and sneaky, nothing to do, and she couldn't sleep because the neighbor's dog is always barking. She is having an affair with her golf instructor from America, named Lance (Patrick Swayze). One day, a housekeeper named Grace Hawkins (Dame Maggie Smith) is hired and arrived to help her family. Unbeknownst to everybody, the old lady holds a dark secret.

Seriously, this is not a "sweetness-and-light" comedy - it has a dark side, which is evident from the beginning, but that aspect drives the humor, because it touches feelings in us which we must restrain, but in watching the film we are allowed to indulge them. It also has a lot of very deep things to say about marriage and religion. Rowan Atkinson plays a shy, self absorbed country vicar with a beautiful wife and daughter whom he neglects, without indulging in the usual superficial post-modern ironic attacks on either institution. In fact, it has some very intelligent things to say about both of them. This film ticks all the requirements for a British comedy: quirky characters, dark subject matter, token American actor, nice scenery, etc. It's also quite plodding - the narrative never really going anywhere, but in its slow, gentle approach it gives the characters within the film a chance to breathe and become more three dimensional.

I was genuinely surprised that I enjoyed this movie, because I thought this movie would be boring. But I don't know why, I couldn't explain the 'tense' feeling when I watched this film. My heart seemed thumping very fast, whilst there aren't actually a scary moments in this film... although I do admit, that Maggie Smith freaked me out. I also mostly surprised to see Rowan Atkinson, who I'm used to see him as Mr.Bean, who is dumb and bumbly, his character is shown very passionate, supportive and caring to his family and loves his wife so much. I was very pleased to see his performance which totally different. A bit surprise to see a 16 years old actress, Tamsin Egerton bare it all. She's very pretty and tall, maybe she could be the next Keira Knightley. This movie is like Mary Poppins but none of the singing but more on the murders, heheh. I don't have to tell you about the secret of the housekeeper, do I? I think you can guess. But unless you watch the whole movie, the ending is a bit laughable and shocking at the same time. I like all of the performance, albeit the storyline is a bit old and traditional. I've seen this kind of movie back when I was a little girl; the whole mystery, murder and deception ala Agatha Christie but more in a comedic way. It depends on your taste, but I personally enjoyed it.

Ratings: 6.5/10


Posted at 04:57 pm by hanitje

HoneyBee
May 3, 2006   12:59 PM PDT
 
thanks!
Lina
May 2, 2006   10:27 PM PDT
 
hmmm,movie 4 this weekend:)
good review Han .
 

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