Tamara Drewe is a delightful and quirky
comedy directed by the talented Stephen Frears (The Queen) which stars
the ultra-gorgeous Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia, The
Disappearance of Alice Creed) as Tamara Drewe.
Unfortunately for Tamara, growing up in the village of Ewedown was quite
difficult for her because unlike the hot thang that she is now, she once
sported a rather prominent nose in her younger years which of course
forced the boys to look elsewhere, bar one... Andy Cobb (Luke Evans).
Andy, unlike the other
boys liked Tamara but unfortunately for him, Tamara had a crush on local
novelist Nicholas Hardiment (Roger Allam). As Tamara left her home town
to study journalism, she returns several years later and this time, she looks
like a supermodel which of course raises the attention of the males in
the town. The story follows Tamara through the seasons of the year as
thrives on the male attention she is receiving, going out with a
musician, having an affair with married man Nicholas and flirting with
her childhood friend Andy. Tamara is definitely misusing her good looks!
As Tamara is the central
character in this story, there are a myriad of other characters thrown
into the mix such as Nicholas' wife Beth who is attempting to keep her
husband on the straight and narrow, two teenagers named Jody and Casey
who are trying their dandiest to get Ben into their world but all these
stories are intermingled and abide to the old saying of "oh what a
tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive".
The star of this film
is definitely Gemma Arterton as Tamara who has been corrupted by her
good looks and generally does not spare anyone's feelings. Evans is used
to fill the balance of Tamara, being the yang to her yin. It's quite a
complex movie but Frears manages to keep it all together which in turn creates a
rather clever and witty comedy drama.
Video, Audio &
Once again, Roadshow continue their outstanding video and quality with
Tamara Drewe being no exception to that rule. Boasting a 1080p transfer,
Tamara Drew has exceptional image quality, vibrant colours and deep
blacks. The attention to detail is quite impressive from the
cinematography of this quaint English village to the detailed skin tones
of the actors.
Sound supports a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Lossless
soundtrack which givessuper clear dialogue with perfect levels. There
are some interesting special features that include audio commentary with
Gemma Arterton and Luke Evans which is a very light-hearted and amusing
recount on making the film. Add in a making of featurette about the
and a reconstructing of Tamara Drew which explains how the graphic novel
was movie-ized that actually make these special features quite enjoyable
and informative to watch.
If you want something a
little different, than I suggest you check out Tamara Drewe on Blu-ray
because it's definitely not your average Hollywood comedy but rather
highlights the wit and experience of the English as excellent