The Independent journalist Tamara Drewe returns to Dorset, Ewedown, to sell the Winnard Farm that belonged to her deceased mother. Her neighbor Beth Hardiment runs a writers retreat with her unfaithful and womanizer husband Nicholas Hardiment who is a successful writer of Inchcombe adventures and cheats on Beth every now and then with younger women. Tamara was the sweetheart of the handyman Andy Cobb, whose family owned the Winnard Farm but lost it to Tamara's family, and when she sees him, she rekindles her love for him. However, when Tamara travels to interview the unpleasant drummer of the Swipe band Ben Sergeant, he has just found that his girlfriend Fran is having an affair with the other musician Steven Culley and he breaks up with the band. Tamara and Ben have a love affair and Ben moves to Winnard. Meanwhile, Ben's teenager fan Jody Long and her best friend Casey Shaw who are bored in Ewedown feel happy with the presence of Ben in the village. When Ben proposes to Tamara, they... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The ugly duckling who got a nose job and all her dreams came true!
'TAMARA DREWE': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
Stephen Frears (director of such well respected films as 'THE QUEEN', 'DANGEROUS LIAISONS', 'THE GRIFTERS' and one of my all time favorite films 'HIGH FIDELITY') directs this British fluff comedy film. It's written by Moira Buffini and based on a graphic novel (of the same name, which was a newspaper comic strip re-published as a graphic novel) by Posy Simmonds. The comic strip was inspired by author Thomas Hardy's nineteenth century novel 'Far from the Madding Crowd' (the film further makes this significant by having a character write a book about Hardy). The stunningly beautiful Gemma Arterton stars in the title role (you may remember Arterton from such blockbuster films as 'QUANTUM OF SOLACE', 'CLASH OF THE TITANS' and 'PRINCE OF PERSIA').
The film revolves around the once 'unusual looking' Tamara who received a nose job and now returns to the village where she grew up, Ewedown (a fictitious place said to be located in Dorset, England), to sell her deceased mother's house. She's now of course the subject of every man's desire including an ex fling named Andy (Luke Evans), a famous writer she used to have a crush on named Nicholas Hardiment (Roger Allam) and a famous touring musician named Ben Sergeant (Dominic Cooper). She initially is drawn to Ben but when one of Ben's young teen fans Jody (Jessica Barden) meddles in their affairs Nicholas sees an opportunity to sweep in and win the girl over. This is especially troublesome because Nicholas is married to a loyal and loving wife named Beth (Tamsin Greig) who he runs a writer's school with.
The film is full of clichés and predictable slapstick mishaps but it does have a certain charm and is well crafted to a certain extent. Arterton shines in the film and of course looks beautiful but her character is a little too unlikeable to be the lead heroine in this type of film (for my taste). I do like the flawed hero but the film almost seems like it overlooks her misdoings and wants us to forgive her for her selfishness without her learning from her mistakes possibly just because she was once despised because of her looks, or something of that nature. Another problem I had with the film is the dominant glaring message that if you're seen as unattractive and life has got you down all's you have to do is fix your appearance, to that of what people prefer, and everything will work out for you. While one could argue that this is true it's not a message that should be so simplistically shoved in the viewers' faces. I also expected a lot more from Frears, the film pales in comparison to the quality of his greatest works. The film is amusing but just that.
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