Critics have praised it. The Golden Globes have nominated it. And I have to wonder: Did I see the same movie?
Gosford Park is a quirky drama comedy murder mystery about a bunch of upscale British yuppies on a weekend retreat, and their servants who see things from another angle. However, it's not that dramatic, it's not that funny, and it's definitely not that puzzling. The only mysterious thing about this movie is how it managed to win a nomination for the Golden Globe for Best Comedy Picture.
The movie is just over two hours long, but it feels like four. Gosford Park is slow and monotonous, with little funny moments thrown in here and there. I don't even see how this movie can be considered a comedy; it definitely isn't structured like one. The script is well done, but not very entertaining. Just about all of the characters are having sex with at least one other character, usually secretly, and there are way too many characters. The characters are always talking about other characters, but there are too many to keep track of all of their names. And in terms of the murder mystery, there are a lot of superfluous people that just make everything too confusing.
In terms of a murder mystery, Gosford Park... sucks. It takes over an hour to get to the murder, and after it has happened no one seems to really care. The movie just keeps on going, the only difference being the introduction of yet another character, a moronic inspector that at least gives some life to the waning film, but is too little too late. Since there are so many characters and none of them seem to care much about the murder, it would have been pretty hard to figure out who the murderer was, but, then again, the movie is so blatantly obvious about who it is that it is hard for even someone like me, who can never guess right, to guess wrong. Just look for the one character that appears to have any kind of back story (there really isn't any character development, come to think of it), or just look for the character that the camera focuses on every once in a while giving a weird stare. There's no twist in Gosford Park.
Gosford Park is a well done film, except that it is boring, boring, boring, and predictable, predictable, predictable. The critics who rated this movie so high must have been on crack or something, because I can't see any way that it can be considered entertaining, not to mention funny.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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