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Elfie Hopkins Reviews

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October 4, 2015
WOW......WOW.....WOW.....SO SO SO SO SO BAD......MAN THIS IS SUCH AN AWFUL MESSY MESSY MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SO SO SO SO DREADFUL, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SO SO SO AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SO SO SO DREADFUL, IT IS SO SO SO DREADFUL, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MESSY MOVIE 2 WATCH.......WARNING THIS MOVIE CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......MAN THIS IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MESSY MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SUCH A BAD MOVIE 2 WATCH, JUST AVOID THIS MOVIE AT ALL IT IS SUCH A BAD MOVIE 2 WATCH, JUST AVOID THIS MOVIE AT ALL COSTS IT IS THAT BAD.....JUST DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE IT IS SO AWFUL
½ January 11, 2015
This is a difficult movie to review...it tries to be a comedy, but it isn't really funny. The acting is ok, and the area it was filmed in was quite nice...a great backdrop for this film.

Elfie Hopkins is likeable, as is her best friend Parker. The Gammons are quirky and interesting, and really are the only part of the movie that is interesting...especially when they start playing head games with Elfie.

This movie could have been great with some tweaking.
April 6, 2014
i had such high hopes for this movie, as ray winstone was in it and directed it, but to be honest, it was really disappointing. his daughter stars in it, and is a god awful actress. the film is terrible. the sort of movie you expect to see on the shelf in poundland!
February 6, 2014
With both wins tones in I expected this to be a lot more violent and fun. It has some gory but nowhere near enough!
½ November 29, 2013
one of the worst movies I have ever seen, it was so bad I let the cinema socking acting shocking every thing .
½ July 18, 2013
75%

The tone is uneven, but that doesn't bother me at all. I liked it but it's not THE BURBS.

"I thought you didn't believe in killing."-Elliot Gammon (Will Payne)
July 15, 2013
Actually sort of cute in a morbid manner
½ July 9, 2013
Poor murder mystery story with a set of very weak characters, including the lead.
½ July 3, 2013
ooooop-deee-doooo it's apples and pears o'clock
½ June 30, 2013
Very strange british horror,comedy starring Ray Winstone's daughter Jaime.Stick with it because the ending makes it worthwhile.Ray pops up in a cameo
January 9, 2013
Watching Elfie Hopkins is a bit like opening a book at the halfway point - you feel like you're trying to understand a story that's been going on for a while and had it's characters and plot already established. To make matters worse it also feels like every now and again someone has torn out the odd page which contained the seamless transition between scenes.
Jamie Winstone is Elfie Hopkins, an asbo style Miss Marple who spends her time spying on her neighbours in her sleepy village in the hope that one of them might do something wrong so that she and sidekick, and Kick Ass lookalike, Aneurin Barnard, can investigate. It seems their prayers are answered when the mysterious Gammon family move next door. And she is right to think there is something up with the Gammons. They might as well have marched into the village with a huge sign saying "We are the baddies!". As folk begin to go missing in the village on the pretence of taking a Gammon business planned long holiday, Elfie seems like the only one who can figure out the Gammon's secret....with a bit of help from in internet.
It's a great shame that Elfie Hopkins has been so clumsily put together as the pieces are all present for an ITV drama serial, if not a movie franchise. Given the lack of exposition at the beginning of the film, this feels like it would have been better suited as the second Elfie Hopkins adventure. There is nothing at all wrong with Jamie Winstone as a lead actress. She does her best with the character and clunky dialogue and narrative. There is a decent range of supporting cast as well. Kimberley Nixon is terribly underused in a role which should have been bigger if we were to at all care about what happens to her. Similiarly, the usually excellent Steven Mackintosh isn't given a big enough role. Rupert Evans as the head of the Gammons is creepy in a sort Michael Fassbender impression type way while Gwyneth Keyworth is suitably bonkers as Ruby, one of the Gammon children.
The whole film is also brilliantly shot in British Autumnal ruralness but no matter how good it may look and how accomplished it's assembled cast may be, this can't stop the film from being a bit of an incoherent mess.
Ray Winstone, presumably hoping that this could have been the start of a franchise for his daughter, pops up in one scene as a League of Gentlemen style butcher. His cameo adds nothing to the film at all. It's the lack of sense that makes Elfie Hopkins ultimately fail though.
We are told the Gammons run a bespoke holiday service. This is a plot point just a bit too hard to swallow in the current financial crisis. It seems that there could have been anything the Gammons did to justify their wealth that would have been much more believable than this.
The result is that Elfie Hopkins is another entry in a line of frustrating British horror movies because it feels rushed and that no one really cared enough about it. There is the germ of a great character and idea here, with a talented cast to boot. Sometimes that's not enough though so it seems that Jamie Winstone may have to wait until she's old enough to play Marple before she begins amateur sleuthing again.
½ September 5, 2012
Yucky and rather odd, its a shame as there is someting kinda clever here. The worst piece of this was the the casting - jamie winstone was terrible. The accents are all over the place.
September 4, 2012
Quirky Brit horror with plenty of promise but mixed results. Nice soundtrack.
½ September 4, 2012
Possessing a glimmer of what could have been an interesting story, this is pure amateurism from the out-set. An absolute unfunny, unscary, silly mess populated with naff performances and a self-indulgent show from Jaime Winstone. A cheap, poorly ADR'd movie which sets its sights at 'B-Movie' and hits 'Z' instead. Just.... bad.
August 16, 2012
I liked it. It is derivative and uneven but it has originality and suspense.
April 26, 2012
Odd little movie. Wonderful set design and costumes - worth seeing just for the fantastically odd Gammon twins. Ruby Gammon is an especially adorable psychopath with a fab wardrobe and a whimsical sense of humour. She needs to be my new best friend.

Jaime Winstone is a bit of a dud though. Completely miscast as a stoner teenager she plays Elfie as an affected, self indulgent hipster and is by far the least likeable character.

Think Shaun of the Dead with cannibals in the countryside.
April 25, 2012
Long but entertaining. At first look Jaime Winston just doesn't fit in but as the film goes on she gets better. The plot is extremely basic and shows during the first hour. There is a good air of "what is wrong with the neighbours" and has a decent pay off at the end. Ray Winstone is in 2 scenes and doesn't do the west country accent well. Tiny bit of violence but good all the same. Not bad.
½ April 25, 2012
The most boring, pointless , ridiculous, stupid movie I have ever seen. No plot, wooden acting, obnoxious main character, totally idiotic villains. No logic or sense whatsoever. Totally de-braining experience. The best moment of the movie was the appearance of the end credits. It does not deserve even half the star I gave it to make my review valid.
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½ April 23, 2012
When the inhabitants of a small Welsh village start disappearing, amateur sleuth Winstone suspects her new neighbours and proceeds to investigate.

This has been promoted as a horror movie, it's not. This belongs to that most odious of genres: the stoner comedy, "Nancy Drew" meets "Juno" for the "Harry Potter" generation. And yes it is as bad as that combination sounds.
Winstone has one of those faces you just want to slap and it doesn't help that her character is obnoxious, a moody smartass teen who just needs a good clip round the ear. If these are the role models teens have it's no wonder young people are so messed up today. (Now get off my damn lawn).
There's some nice use of color in the production design but this is underwhelmed by the awful photography. Bad enough that it's shot on video and is therefore soft focus to begin with, but the cinematographer insists on pursuing the old vaseline on the lens look. I kept wanting to take a J-cloth to the screen. There's one sequence involving balloons that is the most irritatingly edited piece of film in a long while.
This might be set in Wales but it's very much of the middle-England variety, inhabiting the world of JK Rowling and Nick Park. That's my idea of hell to be honest, I can't abide that sort of quirky British quaintness that American viewers seem to lap up.
If "Jennifer's Body" mixed with "Last Of The Summer Wine" sounds like a good time this just might be the movie you've been looking for.
½ April 21, 2012
If this film knew what it wanted to be the it might have been good!
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