Here, we have another member of the 'I’m glad that this actress has an Oscar but why did it have to be for this movie?' club.
Margaret Rutherford will always be remembered for her work as Miss Marple, but she was more than that: a great character actress!
In The V.I.P.s, she is able to show her talent for comedy and also gets some more serious moments and it’s obvious in every single scene of her appearance that you are watching a great talent but this great talent is never really allowed to shine since her part is so underwritten and one-dimensional that it enabled Margaret Rutherford only to impress a little before pulling her back again. I think that she owes her Oscar to the fact that she was competing in a very weak year and that the members of the Academy wanted to appreciate her for stealing the whole movie from Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Personally, I think that it was Maggie Smith who stole the movie but I can understand why Academy members would think differently.
So, I have to say that Miss Rutherford surely makes the most of her role and I don’t want to deny her charm, talent and screen presence but at the end of the day it’s just a role that is too undemanding and underdeveloped.