Kudos to Gemma Arterton for making another interesting career choice, 180 degrees from The Disappearance of Alice Creed, with both serving as vital counterpoints to the Hollywood trappings of Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia. This looks to be the sort of liberal English farce we haven’t gotten much of since the early 90’s, and a welcome respite from the recent crop of darkly-themed releases. Additionally, the production’s cross-Atlantic origins guarantee that it can go a little deeper and take more risks that the standard American romantic fodder. And it looks like the perfect material for Stephen Frears to handle expertly at this point in his career. It’s been awhile since The Queen, Cheri went largely unseen, and it feels like it’s the right time for his career to show yet another face.
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