Gosford Park

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Gosford Park movie posterGood: Clive Owen. Yummy, yummy Clive Owen.

Bad: Everything else.

Actually, it really wasn't bad, per see. It was just really, really boring. Most of the acting was good. The costumes were very cool. But I couldn't tell the "above the stairs" men apart (again, once you've seen one rich old white guy, you've sort of seen them all), and the plot thudded along at a pace suited for someone much more patient than myself. I sat through all two+ hours of it, thinking it would get better,and it did improve ever so slightly in the last 30 minutes or so, but not enough to make it worth sitting through.

So there you have it. I waited a long time to watch this movie. Should have waited longer.


I had to choose between Gosford Park and Takashi Miike's "Ichi the Killer", two movies that I'd heard were good in similar ways. I chose Ichi, because I like Japanese things. It turns out they are very different movies. I think I whimpered more during Ichi than I would have during Gosford Park. I'm not sure I'd recommend Ichi, if you were considering following Gosford Park with it.

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