Gosford Park ★★★½

The biggest lie told about this film is that it’s a whodunnit, classic murder mystery. This is nothing like Clue, Knives Out or any Agatha Christie adaptations. And if you accept that, you may actually find yourself truly enjoying this satirical take on class relations in early 20th century England. 

No review of Gosford Park can ignore the power of the assembled cast. Every British powerhouse is in this (and Ryan Philippe) and it’s impressive how well they all interact with each other and don’t step on each other’s toes. Although there are definitely some standouts (Emily Watson, Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam). 

This is both the perfect “rainy day with a cup of tea” and “complex black dramedy” watch. Definitely warrants a rewatch. I just wish I had more relevant expectations coming into this because I can’t deny longing for a puzzling detective story.

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