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Old-fashioned charm meets sharp wit and modern social satire in The Party, a biting comedy carried by a shining performance from Patricia Clarkson.
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We're in great company and the story's physical confines don't restrict its range or ambitions. As well as dissecting a 30-year marriage, Potter's script takes in the state of Britain today.
There are moments, mostly in the latter half, when the ensemble works well together and Thomas, especially, gets to shine as her world falls apart. But these elements aren't enough to justify attending this "Party."
Potter's comic dissection of the London intelligentsia's personal and political angst is completely of the moment.
With a cast like this, "The Party" should have been a delicious romp. Instead, it's over before it gets started.
It's not entirely satisfying but Potter delivers a darkly delicious comedy of manners.
It's worth attending this party if only for Scott Thomas, who's never less than electric. Somebody needs to put Janet and her quivering energy at the center of a superhero movie; I'd watch.
With the action confined to three rooms and a courtyard, it's the razor-sharp dialogue that creates the momentum.
A deliciously bitey satire on bourgeois pretensions, The Party is a hoot from comfortable, upper-middle-class beginning to catastrophic, bitter end.
Like a real shindig, The Party takes a while to settle into a groove - but once the champagne is flowing and the blood hits the floor, it's an absolute blast to laugh with Sally Potter as she mercilessly puts the liberal elite to task.
Patricia Clarkson gives a killer performance...
The Party is a pitch-black, hilarious and satirical comedy with a fantastic cast and Sally Potter's assured filmmaking. Although the film may not have the impact that it could have, The Party was great while it lasted.
The Party is fueled by fury and passion. While much of its drama is personal, it's also inescapably political.
It's like Potter staged only Act 2 of a decent play, revelations abound but we aren't invested in any of them. One hell of cast can't make up for the weak characters
Definitely an enjoyable movie.
If you are one of the people who LOVES action and hates, "the boring taking parts," stay FAR away from this movie.
The acting was pretty spectacular. The small cast and small setting really add a lot to the ambiance. The cinematography is stellar, especially their work with windows. The comedic lines hit almost 100% of the time.
My biggest problem was that the "twist" was somewhat predictable. Aside from that, a solid movie to see alone and with a quiet attentive audience.
Highly engaging, fast-paced and with great performances (especially Timothy Spall and Cillian Murphy, who are hilarious), this smart comedy has some very funny moments and never outstays its welcome, surprising us with a well-written dialogue and delicious twists.
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