Too many names, TOO MANY NAMES and too many characters!
The premise is rather interesting. Wealthy English man William McCordle invites (loads of) his friends to his house for shooting party. It's a period movie so we have huge army of servants and well guests to serve. All of them have ties with William so then a murder happens in house and well you have to find the murderer.
I like such movies you know, it's a great time to watch butlers, awesome food, amazing relatives bickering, their back stories and hidden motives and yes great costumes. I enjoy watching them.
But Gosford falls short on so many levels. Following are the 2 things that irritated me the most.
-HUGE CAST- names, names and names. Sometimes first name, sometime second, it is so messy that even when I was in 1 and half hr in, I couldn't tell the characters name right. Please know that it is painful to stop movie and check cast page and try to figure out ok whose gossiping am I listening to now? at one point, I was like, damn it! I am done with names now!
- cliched characters back story- You think that since these all are britishers, they'd be at least tiny bit interesting but nope! except for hollywoord producer idea and an actor, everything was cliched. I got bored of them. Even servants are not that interesting. I might seem whiny but I have watched two best gathering movies and those were waaaay interesting than this. One is "Festen (the celebration)" and the second one is murder by death. Very different but they are interesting as hell, this one... I was checking how much time was left after every 10-15 mins.
I really hoped for it to work and I tried my best to be in the movie but it didn't work for me. There is a twist in the end and I appreciate the director for not screaming it in the end but I wish it were better especially with this a grand budget and that big of a cast. Production and principle photography must have been a hell.
Before I end, Maggie Smith was amazing in her character. Acting wise movie is really good but I complained enough.