The Party (2017)

A superb little, black and white dramedy that felt like watching a really good play. Filled with a cast of very familiar faces…Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall, Cherry Jones, Cillian Murphy, Bruno Ganz (who was also in The Reader) and Emily Mortimer. It all takes place over the course of about an hour at a dinner party celebrating Janet’s (Scott Thomas) election. As the guest arrive, more and more secrets and issues surrounding the four couples in attendance are exposed…all intertwined and affecting the others. Cillian Murphy was great as a distraught (yet kind of laughable), coke-snorting cheated on husband who came to the party on a mission (I love Cillian, especially in Peaky Blinders where he’s so cool an collected…the exact opposite of his character here). I also enjoyed Clarkson’s cynical, but funny, friend April.

This one was subtly shot with the focus and emphasis being on the stellar acting by all. There was lots of suspense and tension mixed with nuggets of humor…I don’t think you can take this film super seriously, but it’s still worth a watch. The Party packed a lot of twists and surprises (especially the final one) in its short 71 minute run time. Currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.