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Gosford Park Reviews

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January 10, 2018
Extremely slow and boring at times. The plot had potential, but focused too much on character development.
October 7, 2017
A very nicely captured and evocative moment in time with a superb ensemble cast. It almost gets less interesting once the murder takes place!
August 23, 2017
Beautifully written. I find it hard to pinpoint what's more subtly, wryly, and masterfully delivered, the murder mystery or the social commentary.
August 13, 2017
½ April 3, 2017
Very good! Lots of characters - you have to pay attention. Finally a movie with some meat to it without being SO serious. you can smile through this one! My pick or best of 5 nominated, but probably no chance of winning.
½ March 23, 2017
A really good movie. Many different stories are going on at one time. So many that I had to watch the movie 2-3 times to catch them all. Murder, lower vs. upper class struggle, America vs Britain, and many more. Truly awesome.
March 22, 2017
A murder mystery, as noted in the consensus, reminiscent of the game of Clue. There are so many actors that it's a bit difficult to keep track of who is whom. This clearly shows the different social strata in the Brit culture at the time.
March 13, 2017
Not bad. Took a long time to get rolling. Doesn't live up to its cast, at all. And a thoroughly disappointing and unsatisfactory ending.
February 25, 2017
Great period setting
January 24, 2017
Boring and overrated.
½ November 3, 2016
I'm missing Downton Abbey something fierce so I figured it was about time that I watch Gosford Park. The cast is amazing, especially Helen Mirren & Maggie Smith. There are so many characters to get familiar with in such a short amount of time, but I enjoyed it.
½ October 25, 2016
If you liked Downton Abbey, but wished there had been a bit more stabbing, have I got a movie for you. Gosford Park came first, of course, but there is so much overlap in the setting, themes, and even actors that I felt like I was watching some sort of companion piece. It's a slow burn, but ultimately pays off in a well-crafted murder mystery. My only challenge was keeping track of who everyone was, as there are a lot of characters on screen (played by a virtual who's who of English stars).

Grade: B+
October 18, 2016
I've seen it almost 10 times and simply love it on multiple levels. I'm already looking forward to watching it again!
½ October 14, 2016
This pseudo-precursor to "Downton Abbey" acts as one of the many testaments to director Robert Altman's keen ability to juggle several characters' story lines throughout the course of one single film. What separates "Gosford Park" from films like "Nashville" and "Short Cuts," however, is the lush set direction and costume design, which helps build the completely immersive period setting for the audience to get to know the characters in. The strong performances also help sharpen this carefully paced study of class, infidelity , and relationships within society's upper crust.
September 23, 2016
This movie was well made, though it was entirely void of a plot. If you want to see how modern men recall the lifestyle of aristocrats this film is for you. In summary, this film is over 2 hours of small talk set in the 1930's.
August 31, 2016
I wasn't able to get through this movie when I first tried to watch it several years ago. Truth be told, I was simply bored. Although, there is meaty script with robust themes, I was overwhelmed by how much was packed into this film. The cast, though superb, is too big, so characters don't have an opportunity to shine. The result? A film filled with British cliches - say an Upstairs-Downstairs meets an Agatha Christie mystery. The movie's good, but its lack of breathing room prevented it from being great.
May 24, 2016
Saw this on 5/6/15
A complete waste of time had it not been for a few of it's twists in the end. One should not watch this film expecting an engaging murder mystery because for most of it's time, the film simply wastes it off with the nagging and petty talks of all it's British elites. This one is too slow to be engaging and the overlapping dialogues are horrible to stand. I won't suggest this to anyone because I felt like I lost my 2 hours+ for nothing, but it does have a few good twists in the end. The film also suffers from having too many characters in it that failed to create any sufficient character development for them or make one feel anything for them.
May 21, 2016
A treasure. This bittersweet comedy and detective film features an exceptional cast, story and look. It's worth seeing many times for the subtle and rapid dialogue, visual clues and pace.
½ April 2, 2016
The film is at its best as social satire, as Altman and screenwriter Julian Fellowes take every opportunity to expose and skewer upper-class snobbery. Altman's technique also allows his huge cast to act up a storm, in the best sense. Gosford Park has roughly half the best actors in England in it. Altman takes you from one delicious subplot to another, serving up mirth and misery in equal measure and exploring the gulf between the lives of those above and below stairs. The whodunnit aspect is not the meat of the movie. It is instead the characters themselves and their personal affairs, hang-ups, and peculiarities that make the film interesting to watch. Contents and style converge smoothly and seductively in Altman's luxuriant period drama that applies Agatha Christie murder-mystery format to a rigorous anatomy of British class structure in the 1930s, with all the who's who in U.K. in the cast. Taking advantage of a splendid cast, a sharply focused script and the fresh English setting, Gosford Park emerges as one of the most satisfying of Robert Altman's numerous ensemble pictures. Altman juggles about thirty different characters, moving them from the upper-class upstairs to the servants' quarters and he does so without losing the audience. A love affair between performer and filmmaker. The director shows off his ardor by eliciting from his actors aspects of their gifts that they themselves may not have known they had.

VERDICT: "High-Quality Stuff" - [Positive Reaction] This is a rating to a movie I view as very entertaining and well made, and definitely worth paying the full price at a theatre to see or own on DVD. It is not perfect, but it is definitely excellent. (Films that are rated 3.5 or 4 stars)
March 20, 2016
If the board game 'Clue' were a movie (and I realize it already was), 'Gosford Park' would fit its pieces nicely thanks to its delicately constructed plot and unique personalities portrayed by its cast. The 2001 Best Picture Academy Award-nominated film had a limited audience both while in theaters and after the fact, but it deserves some attention for a few reasons.

The film, which was directed by Robert Altman (Mash, A Prairie Home Companion), is set in the pre-war English countryside, where a wealthy group of guests are hosted at a manor for a weekend party of hunting, games, singing and...murder? Some of 'Gosford's strengths include its witty-yet-smart dialogue, ability to paint a picture of two very different classes and humanize them (servants and aristocrats) and its killer cast (no pun intended). Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon (both paired together before their 'Harry Potter' days) lead the impressive performances, with a young Ryan Phillippe and Kelly Macdonald also delivering in somewhat surprising ways.

Again, the "tale of two cities" setup for this film works well, as we get to follow the series of events through the eyes of both the upper and lower classes as clues are revealed during the hunt for who's responsible for the event that brought all the fun and games to a standstill. While much of the film is shot within the enormous home, the cinematography is still respectable, and adds to the feeling that the film indeed is set years back in time. But perhaps the best part of 'Gosford' is the character development - especially among the servant class, which helps humanize these people in a way that many films do not.

By the end of 'Gosford Park,' the events of the film are pretty believable, and while there really is no true resolution, audiences strangely are okay with how things turn out. That is just one sign of a truly well-done piece of cinema.
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