Movie review: Tamara Drewe

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Movies adapted from comic strips don’t have a great track record, but “Tamara Drewe” isn’t exactly “Garfield.”

Based on a weekly strip that appears in The Guardian in the U.K., “Drewe” is a ripe idea in the hands of a capable director, which makes the resulting film more than a little disappointing.

Set in a rural English village, it follows the title character (Gemma Arterton), a former ugly duckling who returns home as a successful journalist with a nose job that transformed her into a stone-cold fox.

She returns to a childhood friend who has long harbored a crush (Luke Evans), and she finds herself in a relationship with a pompous rock drummer (Dominic Cooper) and the object of affection of a town populated with authors.

Director Stephen Frears (“Dangerous Liaisons” and “High Fidelity”) brings a whimsical touch to a convoluted story, but he’s working with a bit of a mess here. He’s got an ensemble of too many characters, making it tough to find anything to connect with.

As a self-described writer and Anglophile, I really wanted to like this flick, but there just wasn’t enough to leap from page to screen.

"Tamara Drewe"

Opens Friday at the Gateway

2 stars out of 4