You gotta hand it to the British, they really know how to make great mainstream black comedies. There are several things that you can be certain will happen: the cast will be phenomenal, script will be edgy but not too edgy or disruptive, atmosphere and pacing will be spot on and finally the story as a whole will work on many levels. Here, we have all of that. Starring a comedic genius Rowan Atkinson, who alone could carry this movie, Keeping Mum features a long list of great actors, including the legend that is Maggie Smith and continuing with Kristin Scott Thomas and Patrick Swayze. They were all so natural and easily relatable that you felt like you were watching the finale of your favorite comedy tv show, something where you already know the characters and the story but are still laughing your ass off. Dealing with death, bullies, important meetings, midlife crisis, sexual appetite and many more issues, this is an all-encompassing movie with a main story that slowly unravels.
Meet Walter Goodfellow, a vicar living in the village of Little Wallop. Married and with two kids, he’s quite busy most of the time. These days he’s perfecting his sermon that he wants to be fucking poppin’. Meanwhile, his wife and kids are having problems of their own. It feels like there’s something missing, so when new housekeeper Grace starts her new job things will start falling into place…
This is one of those movies that you can play at almost any time and in front of everybody. It’s simply universally good and you would rarely find a person who would not like it or find it too black or edgy. However, if you’re expecting severed limbs and sexual references, you will not find them here, it’s not that type of black comedy. Heartwarming and cute, Keeping Mum will steal your heart. I already mentioned atmosphere and pacing, but I have to mentioned them again because this is the case with so many great British movies. They work as period movies, so as soon as you play this movie you will be transported into this quiet English countryside where everything seems slower and more relaxed. You see how people are living, what are things that are bothering them and usually these are things that also bother people from all over the world so you get this feeling of unity. As a final note I just wanted to mention Rowan’s performance that was totally toned down when compared to some of his earlier movies and series (Mr. Bean, Black Adder), just showing how good of an actor he really is.
Director: Niall Johnson
Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, Patrick Swayze
Fun Stuff: The main filming location was in the village of St Michael Penkivel in Cornwall.