Emily Allgair, Editor
Here’s the thing: I love British accents, royal weddings and fish and chips just as much as the next bloke, but sometimes when I watch a British movie, I get distracted by how British people look. Not all of them, in fact, some of my personal favorite actors and actresses are British – Andrew Garfield, Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Kaluuya, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson… the list goes on and on.
Great Britain has some very talented actors, but some of their performances are hindered based on looks. And I know how that sounds, but I’m not calling any of them ugly, at all. Just British. Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Radcliffe (adult version), Tom Hiddleston, David Tennant, Rowan Atkinson. All hella British-looking.
Recently, I watched a movie for an ethics class called Sorry We Missed You and all of the actors and actresses looked so bloody British. Like, to the point where it was distracting. And I don’t really know why I couldn’t process the movie beyond the physicality of the actors, but I missed almost the entire introduction of the movie because I was too busy dealing with how British these people were. Same thing with the 2010 movie Submarine.
This could just be a personal issue, but it’s happened to me enough times to distract from a movie’s plot to the point that I definitely missed something important, but not anything detrimental to the storyline. The moral of the story is that British people can have me absolutely knackered depending on how British they look. Cheers.