If you’ve seen the trailer for Tamara Drewe you’ll know what I mean when I say it doesn’t scream “based on a graphic novel.” But thats what it says in the credits. But then not all graphic novels are about superheros, and additionally not all graphic novels are really graphic novels. In reality a lot of graphic novels are omnibus editions of a weekly or monthly comic. In the case of Tamara Drewe, a weekly comic street from the UK’s Guardian was eventually made into omnibus graphic novel. The strip itself is based on a modern reworking of Thomas Hardy’s nineteenth century novel Far from the Madding Crowd. So in essence you could argue that the film is based on a Thomas Hardy novel.
It’s not surprising then that Thomas Hardy’s work would feature fairly prominently in the film is it.
But back to the film.
Essentially a light hearted British comedy/drama, Tamara Drewe is a complicated tale of life, lust, writing and true love, set in a fictitious village somewhere in rural Dorset. It’s based around a writers retreat and the ever so slightly egotistical (and successful) author of pulp fiction whose wife run the retreat whilst he pounds away at his next novel, whilst pounding away at anything in a skirt. But then local lass now big time (and drop dead gorgeous) returns to the village to clean up and sale her mothers house that she’s inherited.
Of course the arrival of the now city girl, in very short shorts and oozing sexuality, gets everyones tongues wagging and of course becomes the focus of the philandering author and husband.
Drewe however is not short of potential suiters and when she hooks up with the drummer of a popular boy band, she becomes the target of some very bored school girls and soon things for the entire village begin to spin out of control.
With some black whit and plenty of plot twists, Tamara Drewe is certainly worth a night in. It’s more of a sedate drama than a laugh out loud comedy, but it will have you chuckling from time to time.
Reviewed by: Jonathan