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24 September 2010 @ 06:01 pm
picoreview: Tamara Drewe  

This largely rather charming movie was apparently adapted from a graphic novel, which I’m going to have to locate and read as a comparison. But taken on its own, it’s certainly worth watching, with two or three really outstanding performances and perfectly good ones from everybody else. There was the added bonus for me that I had no idea, going in, that it was about writers, and so the opening scene of a bunch of writers at work with the various processes voiced over was unexpectedly funny. :)

On one level, the movie is about Tamara Drewe, a young woman from a small village who used to have an enormously unattractive nose and who got a nose job and became 1. beautiful, and 2. a journalist, but is obliged to return home to sell her house after her mother’s death, and perhaps to rekindle her teenage romance with the extremely gorgeous local boy. Meantime, a local couple runs a writers’ retreat, which is to say the wife runs it while her husband the extremely successful crime novelist cheats on her. Hijinks, as they say, ensue. To most people, probably the basic story is whether the girl gets the boy.

To me, a writer–and I suggest not clicking through unless you wish to be spoiled, because the remainder of this sentence is a GREAT BIG SPOILER–

–to me, the thrust of the movie was “Do not cheat on your muse or you will get trampled to death by cows.”

Seriously. That’s what happens to the philandering novelist. This is a romantic comedy, for heaven’s sake. People don’t get trampled to death by cows in romantic comedies! Except he did. And it’s made wonderfully clear from the beginning that he’s utterly incapable of writing without the wife upon whom he cheats, so really: do not cheat on your muse, or you will get trampled to death by cows.

I feel this is a lesson all writers should take to heart. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)

Current Mood: amusedamused
Alix (Tersa): Two Lumps--Sock puppet (cyranocyrano)tersa on September 24th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
*bursts out laughing*

I had to spoil myself, with that set-up, and I'm glad I did. :)
kitmizkit on September 24th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
*laughs out loud* I'm glad you did too, because 1. I kinda hoped at least *somebody* would risk the spoiler, and 2. because you made me laugh, too. :)
Mary Annepers1stence on September 24th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
that made me giggle a lot also!
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on September 24th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
I would be concerned for the cows... I hope they got therapy.
R. Scott Shanks, Jr.mnarra on September 24th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
Oooh, yes. Porterhouse Trampling Skirtchaser Disorder is a well-documented ailment of cattle in their position.

Hopefully, they used stunt-cows for that scene.
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on September 24th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
if they were milk cows...
R. Scott Shanks, Jr.mnarra on September 24th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
I just emailed Shannon a promise that I would not, ever, undertake any action that will result in my being trampled to death by cows.

Shannon smiles and nods a lot, I've noticed.
LurkerWithout: Huhlurkerwithout on September 24th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
So the movie cut out all the stuff with the local teen-age girls?
kitmizkit on September 25th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
Oh, no, that's all part of the story. It just didn't seem particularly relevant to my specific take-away from the film. :)
Pamela: Surprise Kittehjeditigger on September 25th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)