The Party
Drama, Comedy
IMDB rating:
Sally Potter
Storyline: Janet hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine.
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Resolution 720x302 px
File Size 1039 Mb
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Why did the idiots make it in black n white?!?
Seriously?!? There is no better way to demotivate/dispel the prospective audience from watching a movie than to make it in black n white.

Why? Why did the filmmakers have to do it? There seems to be no sane reason for it. It spoils the whole movie completely! The movie seems repulsive and old fashioned.

This movie could have been so good and entertaining, if only....if only, it would have been made in technicolor.
A party you really would not want to be invited to
"The Party" is a British English-language film from 2017 and it is the newest work by acclaimed writer and director Sally Potter. It is a modern black-and-white film actually and it is pretty short at 70 minutes that already include some credits at the beginning and a lot more at the end. The name Potter obviously attracted several stars to this project as the people appearing in here are all successful and established actors. The only one I was not really familiar with here is Cherry Jones and even she is an Emmy winner. Go figure. It all seems fairly harmless early on when we find out a politician is giving a party for her friends to celebrate herself because she was just given an important political job in the country. That's why there is also another reason behind the title. But pretty much each and every guest has a secret to reveal as well and they will be shocking for everybody. The fact that one guest even brings a gun is not really helping either in terms of harmony. Eventually the movie profits a lot from its stage character. I am sure there will be British stage theaters showing this one in the future and it is a good choice. I also believe the actors did a good jib mostly. This is really not about liking the characters, even if I would say that Ganz, Jones and maybe Murphy too played characters that weren't that despicable. Bruno Ganz was also one of the main reasons why I wanted to see this one and he sure did not disappoint. But there was a problem with the script here and there. Especially the really dark take on comedy was not always working. One example would be Clarkson's quote about KST's character being in the spot to kill. This was not authentic, but fairly unrealistic. Clarkson's character sure was a bitch, but this quote did not fit at all. The ending I am not very big on either. Sure it is showy and memorable with the plot twist too, but is she really realistically shoot somebody for jealousy reasons that she just ended the relationship an hour ago via phone? Nah. Despite these flaws though I believe the film still had some decent entertainment to offer and the short runtime helps matters too. Not a problem at all. It may not be as good as Potter's previous work "Ginger & Rosa" (2012), but the positive is still more frequent than the negative in "The Party" (at least for audience members, for the invited not so much) and that's why I give it a thumbs-up. Worth seeing.
It's a succinct and simple chamber piece that works when it works but feels a little flat and forgettable, especially in hindsight.
'The Party', which tells the tale of a dinner party awkwardly gone awry, plays out in real time and relies solely on the dynamics between its seven core characters, who here deliver dialogue that mostly does that debatably grounding and realistic thing of actually being about quote unquote 'nothing' - swapping Tarantino's signature pop culture spewing style with one that focuses on the main socio-economic and political views of modern Britain (issues which have their place and need to be talked about but are here used as filler); while it is fairly entertaining for the majority of its very short run-time, once you look back on the overall narrative it feels somewhat empty (and dare I say unnecessary) especially when you know where it leaves off and how many of its seemingly insignificant plot strands are simply left dangling, though as a darkly satirical piece there are a few nice moments which stand out from the otherwise forgettable picture which is technically very well conceived to feel as though an encounter one might have at an unfortunate New Years Eve party. 6/10
I'll get my coat.
With a film which has a high rating as well as a few decent actors I was expecting something engaging. What I found however was that I could only stomach half an hour of this,I know it's a short film but that wasn't enough to keep me from removing myself from this party after 30 or so mins. This is one of the most pretentious movies I have ever sat down to watch. The problem I found was that there simply wasn't a single person in this movie you would want to be around for five mins never mind the full running time. What we have is a bunch of middle class selfish self centered stereotypes being passive aggressive towards each other and that's the big problem. It's just not believable that these people would spend time in each others company as there's no positive emotion flowing between any of them. The fact it's in black and white just adds to the pretension that this is somehow an intelligent film. There's no benefit to this being in black and white. I don't see this as a commentary on society or any social group, apart from the fact that people who claim to enjoy this movie will be as pretentious as the characters it's trying to mock. The movie lacks soul, doesn't engage and would likely only be enjoyed by those with sociopathic traits who enjoy watching people backbiting each other for their enjoyment.
A witty satire on 'polite society'
The story of 'The Party' was unbeknownst to me upon my viewing of the film. All I knew was that it is directed by British Auteur Sally Potter and stars Kristen Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall and Cillian Murphy, which is the extent of context I will divulge here as I feel it is better to watch this film knowing very little about its narrative.

Although simplistic in its base narrative, underneath 'The Party' is a short, snappy, satirical view on the modern day socio-political climate. It paints the modern system of politics as ineffective at implementing change, suggesting a more immediate method is required in this day and age to keep up with such a rapidly changing world. The film succeeds and does this effectively through witty dialogue, articulately crafted Mise en Scene and a comedic narrative progression.

The narrative progression I refer to is the advancement of the characters into pure chaos after the guise of 'polite society' is stripped away, revealing the hypocrisy behind its ideals and presentation. This chaos is the crux of the film as it magnificently illustrates the futility of the mask that the upper class have created for themselves, which the film heightens through comedic elements giving the film a heavily satirical atmosphere.

Furthermore, the films caricatured characters play a crucial role in conveying the film's message as many of them are hypocrites, their real faces hiding behind the mask of what 'polite society' expects to see, with costume being cleverly utilised to convey to us the true thoughts and feelings of many of the characters whilst simultaneously acting as a red herring in some circumstances, illustrating how we cannot always know whether or not people are truly what they present themselves as, linking to another key message the film discusses: distrust in the political landscape.

However, although the film has a profound message, it suffers from being very simplistic on its surface. The story is cliché and predictable with a couple of drawn out dull moments, with the real meat of the film laying underneath, and whilst this is the case for most films, the surface has to be captivating at the same time in order to engage the audience. In this sense 'The Party' could be potentially divisive for audiences as the film runs the risk of appearing pretentious and dull for some viewers, which I can confirm as many left my screening of the film verbally disgruntled.

In conclusion, 'The Party' is an incredibly humorous, satirical take on modern day society's political landscape as well as the hypocrisy of 'polite society' and its bloated sense of self righteousness. Although it has its flaws, 'The Party' is a highly entertaining film with a punchy message that really sticks with you after you've left the theatre: indecision is the face of modern day politics, and that desperately needs to change.
Highstrung empty career creatures
This Potter film paints a bleak picture of modern people. There isn't ONE person in this cast of 7 whom the audience can really sympathise with. The 7 characters call themselves friends but treat each other with hostility, dishonesty etc. Too me it felt more like an unreal vacuum of lovelessness than a real group of people. Even the super-talented Cillian Murphy comes across as one-sided and overacting. The 'twist' at the end is also not very interesting and a bit of a cliché. I've seen much better work from Sally Potter!
The 'Abigail' Is Sient
True this does resemble - one hesitates to say rip-off - the earlier classic but this is much more of a chamber piece for high-stings and voice that really sticks it in and breaks it off on the Islington set. The plot was new around the time of the first Punic War, but hey, its all in the wrist so old wine, new bottles, and all that. If every Hollywood bomber crew requires a catalyst then banker Cillian Murphy, who turns up with a few lines of coke and a loaded gun, as you do, will do until the real thing comes along. His late-arriving wife and the gun, are, as it turns out, integral to the plot. If all the characters are stereotypes they are played to the hilt by what appears to be a hand-picked cast. Patricia Clarkson has the lion's share of the one-liners and sprays them where they will do the most good. Another glass of rose'?
Surprisingly fun
Janet (Kristen Scott Thomas) has just been nominated as Parallel Cabinet's Minister (a group of veterans which makes opposition to the Westminster Government). This achievement is the highest level of her politic career and she intends to celebrate it with a small party with her husband Bill (Timothy Spall), and her closest friends: the acid April (Patricia Clarkson with an excellent comedy timing) and her crazy husband Gottfried (Bruno Ganz); her assistant's husband (Cillian Murphy), and the lesbian couple (Emily Mortimer and Cherry Jones). The party which was supposed to be a celebration suffers a turnaround when Bill reveals a secret and all the tension among those polite and educated people blows into a sequence of offenses, tension and a marvelous dark comedy. The movie is anarchic, unpretentious, with hysterical characters, sharp dialogues, and that's why it's surprisingly funny. I can't recall the last time I saw the whole audience laughing out loud with a movie. Highly recommended!
This is what passes as a good movie nowadays?
Complete waste of time. You can go watch a play if that's the kind of crap you're into. This was the biggest waste of money I have ever spent. It's 2017, black & white doesn't make a movie feel like a classic, just looks stupid! Not to mention, barely over an hour long. There's longer TV episodes. Anyone who put a good review on here has no sense whatsoever, they just "think" it's good because they made it in black and white so automatically it's great. The acting was bad, story unbelievable, & not funny whatsoever. This was so bad I'd rather even watch keeping up with the Kardashians.
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