Monday, May 6, 2013

Tamara Drewe (2010) review


I surprisingly liked this movie more than I believed I would. It's a sly comedy that also tells a very compelling story as a drama.

PLOT:Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) is a young girl that was raised in the small town of Ewedon, right outside of London. She left town a long time ago, got plastic surgery on her nose, and then came back into town and the lives of several others, including her past flame, Andy Cobb (Luke Evans), who now works as a farm hand for a writer's colony in town. The writer's colony is led by famous crime novelist, Nicholas Hardiment (Roger Allam), who is not very faithful to his wife, Beth (Tamsin Greig), and used to be the crush of Tamara in the old days. However, Tamara is swooped up by the drummer of the indie rock band named Swipe, Ben Sargeant (Dominic Cooper). This, however, leads into an interesting chain of events including love, scandals, and a couple of crazed fans. It's a great plot executed very well.

ACTING:The acting in here was very good. Gemma Arterton played a pretty good part as Tamara Drewe. She doesn't stand completely out, but she does the job rather well. The best performances would have to have been by Roger Allam as Nicholas Hardiment and Dominic Cooper as Ben Sargeant. They really did a good job. The other shiners would have to be Tamsin Greig as Beth Hardiment, Luke Evans as Andy Cobb, Charlotte Christie as Casey Shaw, Jessica Barden as Jody Long, and Bronagh Gallagher as Eustacia. However, there really wasn't a bad performance in the movie.

SCORE:The score in here is very well done by the great Alexandre Desplat, as well as some entertaining song by the fake-band, Swipe. I'd probably buy a song by them.

OTHER CONTENT:This movie wasn't anything too special, but it was still very much worth a watch. There were several good jokes as well as a good, dramatic story to tell. Some things about the end of the movie actually shocked me and also impressed me that it would take a turn like that. The movie overall is quirky and compelling, but it isn't anything truly memorable.

OVERALL,a good movie with a great plot, very good acting, well done score and soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat and "Swipe", some good jokes, a good dramatic story, a shocking ending, and some compelling quirks, but it just isn't anything truly memorable or able to stand out.

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