Keeping Mum Reviews
i love the cast and i love the story its thoroughly entertaining!!
Maggie smith plays a murderer who has gotten out of prison/mental facility and has come to visit her daughter but without literally telling her daughter so shes come as a guest to look after the children!
its a really good movie and is completely worth the watch!!
Starring: Maggie Smith, Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Swayze.
As always, British comedy shines through as one of the best you can get and this film does what any British comedy does best and that is to draw you into its world and its characters and make you laugh endlessly.
The story follows a small family in a small town who all have there own little problems, until one day, a very quirky, charming and very mysterious women turns up and changes there lives forever. Theres more to it than that but I won't ruin it for you. Crafty plotting, brilliant humour and sharp dialogue, it focuses on the characteristics of these charming characters and draws its humour from that. Maggie Smith is very much the highlight of this film, in a very different role but one of her best in many years, quirky, funny and charming, a very powerful actress in any role she tackles.
This film is extremely overlooked and it shouldn't be, it is British comedy at its best in years, charming, funny, quirky, mysterious, thrilling and with a twist that came as one hell of a surprise to me, it needs to be seen.
My problem was with Maggie Smith's character. Of course, Maggie Smith does an amazing job with her performance, and without her this film would be ranked about half as high as it is. However, despite her portrayal, she's really difficult to like as the movie wants you to. Quite simply, someone who commits some of the acts she does just doesn't deserve sympathy. At first I didn't mind her, but one of her actions at the hour mark really colored her as unlikeable. It changed the tone of the film a lot for me.
I mean, the film isn't meant to be entirely realistic, but the movie doesn't do the best job putting a humorous face on some of the murders going on here. I guess we're meant to find Maggie Smith's bloodthirst "cute" since it's an old lady at the helm, but it just didn't click for me.
The ending also makes the film seem a little pointless. Well, I guess these characters haven't learned as much as it seems!
Overall, the film is hampered not by what it does wrong, but just by what it doesn't do. There are some really funny moments here, to be sure, but it's an average film on the whole.
[font=Century Gothic]Flash forward forty-three years to the village of Little Wallop(pop. 57) where Gloria Goodfellow(Kristin Scott Thomas) is deeply dissatisfied with being the wife of the vicar, Walter(Rowan Atkinson), and is having an affair with a golf pro(Patrick Swayze). To make matters worse, her son, Petey(Toby Parkes), is regularly harrassed by the local bullies association while her daughter, Holly(Tamsin Egerton), seems intent to have sex with every young man for miles around.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Enter their new housekeeper, Grace Hawkins(Maggie Smith).[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Keeping Mum" is a very predictable and old-fashioned black comedy about family that does have its share of funny moments. It is partially redeemed by a very good ending. And Maggie Smith is simply wonderful.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Note: Rowan Atkinson also played a member of the clergy in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" which also featured Kristin Scott Thomas.[/font]