Movie Review: Gosford Park

May 23rd, 2020

Details from IMDB:

Gosford Park (2001)

| | ComedyDramaMystery | 18 January 2002 (USA)
 
7.2/10
77,617
 
The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.

Director:

 Robert Altman

Writers:

 Julian FellowesRobert Altman (based upon an idea by) | 1 more credit »

Initial Thoughts:

You can see the deal here. My wife agreed to watch a movie I picked and then we watched one she picked. She loved Downton Abbey and wants to see anything Julian Fellowes, this was on Netflix so we watched it. 

Main Points:

I understand period pieces are meant to be slow and take time to establish characters, setting, and mood but this one really dragged. I will give you the positive points as well, the acting ranges from good to excellent with all those involved (Maggie Smith is always excellent), the costumes are amazing and there were a couple of twists that I didn't see coming. 

There is some blood, coarse language, and a rape scene (though it's not graphic, just disturbing) so I can see why this was rated R. I am aware that is an Oscar-winning movie but it's just not my jam and I couldn't get into it much. I will say from what I know of the time it is a fairly realistic movie about the 1930s in England and certainly does have a few funny moments to lightened the mood.

Final Thoughts:

I think the best way I can describe this movie is odd. There are scenes (and characters) that just don't fit and seem forced in there. I can only give it 6 out of 10 but I'm sure someone else would get more enjoyment from it. So I'd recommend this is only if you're a big fan of period movies and the actors involved. Please don't let your kids watch this, ages 17+.