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This Beautiful Fantastic online movie review - 'This Beautiful Fantastic' is the reason why we love movies
Bella Brown is portrayed by the excellent Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey, Winter's Tale and Victor Frankenstein). Through her Bellas character gets depth, and stands as the beautiful and subtle woman who never gives up.
This happens despite the fact that she is an orphan, her galloping OCD and her fear of nature. The film centers on that Bellas landlord will throw her out if she do not do something about her neglected garden. This is the beginning of a friendship with her neighbors Alfie Stephenson and his chef Vernon.
The film is driven by stunning performances by Tom Wilkinson ('Shakespeare in Love', 'Batman Begins' and 'Michael Clayton') as the neighbor Alfie. He is a loner who most of all is waiting to die. Meanwhile he amuses himself with his garden, good food and snide remarks to everyone around him. Andrew Scott ('Sherlock', 'Pride' and 'Spectre') is the chef Vernon, giving life to an otherwise dull character. Thanks to Bella leaving Viktor from his position with Alfie, in order to be employed as a cook with her. It turns upside down on her 'perfect' OCD world of loneliness, order and structure.
The director Simon Abouds ('Come Here Today'and'Comes a Bright Day') reflection and commitment rubs off on the film, although it sometimes is extremely predictable. This does not change that Simon Aboud has created a successful and charismatic movie where humor and OCD transformes and unite at the end of the movie.
The film's focus on the wonderful weird people gives a new and different tale, with its alternative approach to man's daily struggle, the movie manages to approach reality in a whole new way. 'This Beautiful Fantastic' is the reason why we love movies.