What A Web #filmreview #theparty

I suppose we have all been to parties where the combination of booze and guests who aren’t the best of friends creates an unexpected tension. In my world it tends to be divorced or separated couples who are both friends of the hosts and get invited and come. Most often there is a civilised frisson as others watch a ritualised dance  that comprises the couple seeking to maintain a modicum of decorum while wanting nothing more than to reignite whatever it was that caused them to separate in the first place.

The Party is that and more. The premise – highly successful opposition politician Kirsten Scott-Thomas is promoted to shadow health minister throws a party to celebrate. The guests are well known to the host and hostess but not necessarily to each other. The husband, Tim Spall has a secret to reveal. Two actually. The atmosphere is already febrile with guests from different political and cultural perspectives  sniping when the first bombshell drops. The ripples have barely formed when a second and third are added to the mix.

Cillian Murphy adds a sweaty neurotic to the mix – he has a gun but we don’t know why – and after twenty minutes of barbed bitching the whole thing explodes. Any facade of superficial niceness disappears and the fun begins.

The Film is only 71 minutes long, more a TV play than your average cinema experience and it is shot in black and white which takes a while to get use to and I’m not sure either why or that it works ( though since I can’t fathom the why how do I know if it works?)

It’s a worthy piece that made me both grin and laugh out loud.  Not spectacularly so and none of the crises are novel – well not until the last which is foreshadowed in the opening scene but the revelation, when it comes is both startling, laugh out loud perfect and splendid.

Do see it if you can. TV would be fine too if you begrudge the effort to leave home and/or the cost, because it doesn’t need the big screen to enhance what is after all a kitchen-sink setting.

We caught an early evening production, with a plan to grab fish and chips from Ken’s after, so ice cream felt both indulgent and sort of culinarily back to front. The fish and chips were splendid, mind you.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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18 Responses to What A Web #filmreview #theparty

  1. Lucy Brazier says:

    I don’t usually like films but this looks great!

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  2. Mary Smith says:

    This one is on my list, though I’m sure I’ll keep trying to compare it to Abigail’s Party which I loved.

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    Sounds really uncomfortable, but interesting! Was it anything like Abigail’s Party… That was painful! 💜

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  4. Good review. Geoff. I don’t know if you watched the recent Dr Foster series. We watched one and a half episodes before we decided the protagonists were both equally odious, then abandoned it

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  5. Jools says:

    I’m loving your new role of film reviewer – you always seem to review exactly the sort of films I’d like to go and see. 😊

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  6. Sacha Black says:

    Intriguing that a modern film is shot in black and white. Worth the watch for that if nothing else. Reminds me of pleasantville which is the only other one I can think of shot in black and white in recent times

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  7. Rowena says:

    Hi Geoff,
    I haven’t had the separated or divorced parties turn up at a dinner party or party. Don’t think I’ve been to one for awhile either. However, I have seen the collisions which take place at school or dance performances and at Church. These days there are obviously kids tied up in the mix, but I still remember the collisions when exes collided when one of them appeared with the new partner and the other one was still licking their wounds. Ouch. Nasty stuff.
    xx Ro

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