The Party Reviews
Filmed in black-and-white, the running time is short - just over an hour. The emphasis is on the characters and the dialogue with less-than-realistic home-and-garden scenery straight from an Agatha Christie stage play.
The invitees know each other so well that the sharp wit does not offend too deeply. Eccentricity is rife with characters behaving outrageously and the ensemble of seven actors over-acting like crazy.
I found it highly entertaining and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thomas and Clarkson steal the show
April (Patricia Clarkson), Janet's best friend, has a sharp tongue which is always in use, has come with her boyfriend Gottfried (Bruno Ganz), a life coach, who she plans to break up with. Martha, (Cherry Jones) a feminist college professor, arrives at the party with her much younger lover Jinny (Emily Mortimer) who informs Martha that she pregnant, with triplets. Tom (Cillian Murphy), a coke sniffing, gun carrying banker, arrives apologizing for his wife, who works for and with Janet, explaining that she is running late and will there soon.
For the next hour, we watch and hear couples talking about politics, cheating, life, children and what each accomplished or didn't and how they think about all things. In what is supposedly a farce and comedy, except for Clarkson's bitter humor and Murphy's way over the top acting there really isn't too much to this movie except I did not see the ending, the last line, coming.
This is the second film in a week, the other being "1945", photographed in black and white, with the latter running 91 minutes and "The Party" 71 minutes and neither are worth the time.