Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Tamara Drewe ****
Imagine this: An elegant picturesque countryside, birds singing, home-made scones and cookies with floral dresses and welly boots as the main attire. Now add f**k and a sexy lead in hot pants and this is what Tamara Drewe provides you with. It's a fun loving summer flick with such charm and charisma that all you do is come out wanting some cream tea.
Directed by the veteran of filming Stephen Frears, this quaint lifestyle with a twist screams ideal Britain. From the start we're in tears of laughter as arguable the most compelling character Jody (Jessica Barden) raises the bench mark of expectation for humour and carries it through with her foul mouthed rants and ludicrous scenes of desire. Bare in mind, she is 15 so it's all very tongue in cheek. With other characters being introduced all as eccentric as the last, the casting is a dream and fails to provide even one badly written personality.
Tamara Drewe played by the gorgeous Gemma Arterton is a delight to watch. She's a 21st Century Girl who's turned from ugly duckling to stunning swan in a matter of years thanks to a nose job. This joke is a common factor holding the plot together, so you can begin to see why this film is as irregular for comedy compared to other similar British films. Along with her, Dominic Cooper plays an Indie Rockband Drummer, Ben, who wears eyeliner and speaks all cockney. With these two characters invading this idyllic village the torment they go through is incredibly funny.
Gemma manages to keep the audience glued to the screen, whilst Dominic shows a different side of his acting. He's used to playing the most attractive on set and this is no different, but with a more dirty, gritty personality he's almost irresistable. Plus, the way they play off each other is so exciting to watch you're almost jealous as it's something you'd love to happen to yourself.
But it's the actual villagers that offer the heart-warming tale that provides the added dimension of storytelling this film brings. Tamsin Greig (Beth) provides this sense of vulnerability to her role as the timid housewife. Roger Allam (Nicholas) plays the seedy, perverted staring through a window at someone man, who actually made me say allowed "What a d**k". And Luke Evans (Andy) is the guy next door kind of man. You really have a match made in heaven with the types of people on screen.
The story is a peculiar one. Essentially it's a romantic comedy, but just as British films like to do, it's got this added realism that separates it from the predictable Hollywood scripts we're so often forced to watch because it's got Jennifer Aniston or Katherine Heigl in. The fact that this film was adapted from a weekly comic strip in the Guaridan written by Posy Simmonds provides a raw look at woman who are open about their sexuality. The swearing, the innuendos and the need for Arterton to be naked a lot actually works very well. It's not done voyeuristically and sticks out like a swore thumb, it fits in perfectly to the story as we're looking at real people, not a glamorised ideal person.
There are a few points where the plot seems to be a little unstable, and you're left wondering what the film is really about, but I think this just adds to the fascination of it all. You never really can imagine what's going to happen. It's got twists that you would have never of seen coming from such a pretty film. This just adds to the comedy factor and really will leave you shocked and surprised at the level of laughter you seem to produce.
This is such a fun, free loving British summer film that you really must watch it. The cast a great, the story is well more than original and the whole outcome is very satisfying.