The Film: Cold Comfort Farm – England
Everything is strange in Cold Comfort Farm. There are many subplots, an abundance of characters, and mysteries that remain so. But it all works delightfully well.
What’s most pleasing is not only the the the sense of humor, which feels like the film is laughing at itself before you are, but the pleasing tone of the film. It never takes away from you, asks anything of you. It only brightens your day.
Every twist of the story is smarter than the last and Flora Poste’s scheming is as delightfully entertaining as the change it brings for each character. The story overflows with humor and quirk. But it’s so genuine and enjoyable there’s no fault to be found.
The cast is amazing. Kate Beckinsale does it all here. She’s great with the comedy, the drama, and the romance. Stephen Fry as a bombastic windbag, Ian McKellen as a country farmer with a fiery passion, and Joanna Lumley as Flora’s opinionated city friend — each one is so perfect in their role it’s easy to immerse yourself.
Did I mention it’s funny? It’s really funny. And we all need a little of that this time of year. So shut off the world, grab a cup of tea, and snuggle in. Just like Miss Poste herself, this film will put everything right.
Holiday Spirit: +4
The Food: Herbes de Provence Sweet Potato Steak Fries
Comfort food means different things to different people. For me, sweet potato fries almost always hit the spot no matter what they’re paired with. This time it was with cole slaw and a veggie chicken burger. This bright plate was a hint of summer on this rainy winter day. Just what I needed.
Heat the oven to 450º. Cut the sweet potatoes into wide wedges.
In a bowl, toss the cut fries with the oil and spices. Put on a baking sheet in a single layer and place in oven, turning once, for 25 mins or until tender and browned.