It looks like 2010 will be remembered as a blessing year for comic book spinoff movies, with Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and the various exploits of the Marvel and DC Comic franchises was also Tamara Drewe based on the graphic novel of the same name by Posy Simmonds, which in turn was inspired by Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd and set in the fictional and sleepy Dorset village. by Ewedown.
The story centers on a writers’ field retreat led by Nicholas Hardiment (Roger Allam), a cocky, successful, and adulterous crime novelist, and his loyal and loving wife Beth (Tasmin Grieg). His largely eccentric guests include Glen McCreavy, an American scholar fighting to finish his latest book which, to echo the original material, deals with Hardy’s works. When Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) inherits her mother’s house, returns to the town where she grew up and was known as an ugly duckling with problems, now works as a journalist in a popular column, had a nose operation and the remarkable change in her appearance. it arouses interest in the male population of the town.
Tamara enlists the help of Andy (Luke Evans), the occasional worker to renovate the house for sale, ironically Andy’s family once owned the property but they went through hard times, an added twist is that she lost her virginity to him in the past. and he clearly still has feelings for her. Tamara, on the other hand, doesn’t know what she wants and embarks on a wild adventure with drummer and teenage heartthrob Ben Sergeant (Dominic Cooper) whom she meets while reporting on the local rock festival and in a few days he proposes to her.
Nicholas Boldiment is a serial womanizer and his long-suffering wife has accepted him on numerous occasions. Things take an unexpected turn when Jody and Casey, two teenage girls in love with Ben Sergeant, conspire to bring him back to town when his relationship with Tamara turns sour while they stay in London for Christmas. Jody’s insane plan is to sneak into Tamara’s house while Andy, by the way, Casey’s uncle, is secretly decorating and emailing Ben from Tamara’s computer asking him to come back for “the biggest fuck of their life”. Casey, being the more sensitive of the two girls, warns Jody not to send it, but Jody is unfazed and for some wicked reason adds Nicholas and Andy as recipients.
Chaos ensues; Ben is furious and breaks off his engagement to Tamara, Andy is disappointed that Tamara’s taste for men extends to rapacious daring, but does not realize that, as a child who barely knew her own father, she had been secretly in love with ‘Nicholarse’ whose fame as a writer she aspired to and somehow inevitably the two now end up in bed together. The American professor has found new inspiration for his book while falling in love with Beth Boldly and when he discovers that her husband has gone too far with Tamara, he is there to support her in her quest for divorce.
As you can see, the plot is a conveniently convoluted homage to Hardy’s romantic potboilers of the late 19th century, fueled by unrequited love and repressed sexual passion and handled with great skill by director Stephen Frears, who manages to do it. keep it light and sparkling but tackles some tough topics. about, such as the choice of a spouse, infidelity and the lonely pursuit of an artistic life; I won’t spoil the surprise ending, but it’s fair to say that all is well if it ends well.
Tamara Drewe is a refreshing British romantic comedy that is both clever and funny, hidef’s release has a crisp and vibrant 1080p transfer that lends itself to comic book visuals, the rich greens of the countryside balanced with earthy browns and ink black, obviously on the show. here, skin tones are great too; Sony Pictures never misses an opportunity to showcase the capabilities of Blu-ray and the 5.1 DTS-HD soundtrack is equally impressive. If for nothing else she will be remembered as Gemma Arterton’s best acting role since her breakout performance as Bond girl Strawberry Fields in the gruesome Quantum of Solace.