Reviewed byA_Different_DrummerVote: 9/10/10
Some have said that Napoleon would have been nothing without Waterloo.The subtext of this movie may well be that the Baby Boomers, once thetop demographic on the planet, having failed to improve the politicalsystem or the economic system, or to manifest especially noteworthyparenting skills -- in fact, having failed to improve the planet in anydetectable way -- may best be remembered for simply getting old.
If that theorem is to be proved anywhere, it would be in this wonderfulmovie.
This may be a shock to the younger IMDb members, but at one timeRedford and Fonda were not merely the biggest stars in Hollywood butalso the biggest sex symbols in the biz.
If in 1967 -- please put on your time travel, butterfly effect, hatshere -- you had suggested to these two that a full half-century laterthey would star is a laid-back but irrefutably charming rom-com where,in the very first scene, Fonda shows up at Redford's door and politelyasks if he would mind sleeping with her ... well, let's just say that araised eyebrow would be least you could expect in return
The script is so subtle (a word I have astonishingly used only a veryfew times in some 1350+ reviews here) that the viewer does not knowwhether to laugh or cry. Even the way Redford's character chooses toinitially respond to the invitation -- not by a 411.com search, but bylooking up Fonda's phone number in a handwritten address book his latewife had left behind -- brings an unavoidable smile to those who graspthe passage of time.
The dialog is a joy. It has ebbs and flows, ups and downs, and mostimportantly never quite heads in the direction you expect it to.
In fact -- this for film historians only -- it may be a truebreakthrough in concept. Remember that in the 1970s scriptwriters triedto "take the rom-com up a notch" by deliberately cutting out the "boymeets girl" portion of the traditional formula. Dozens of rom-comssince that era have started with the very first scene taking place "themorning after," leaving the audience to wonder how the original romanceblossomed, before getting caught up in the subsequent events.
In that context, the premise here, if this film resonates with peoplein the months and years to come, could become a milestone in rom-coms.And deservedly so.
Reviewed bytotalrejuveVote: 9/10
This movie restored my faith in Hollywood's understanding of the joy of human love and the importance of investing one's whole soul into the care and keeping of those we hold dear. If you enjoy films that feature creative sensitivity to everyday feelings that are the stuff life is made of, then this is your kind of film. The cinematography is stunning, featuring French and Japanese filmmaking sensibilities with an American flavor. It was quietly majestic and I loved it. Thank you to the creators of this beautifully written, acted, directed, filmed, produced, scored and edited film. It left me better than it found me, and I am grateful. More, please...
Reviewed byThe_late_Buddy_RyanVote: 9/10
Addie, a lonely widow in a small Colorado town, makes a widowed neighbor an offer he can't refuse. Based on one of Kent Haruf's High Plains novels, this Netflix original still has a modest, indie flavor, despite the two stellar attractions, and almost enough plot material to see us through to the credits. Fifty years after "Barefoot in the Park," Bob and Jane have no trouble playing ten years younger than their chronological selves.
Belgian-born Matthias Schoenaerts steps up as Addie's judgy, resentful grown son, the only non-life-affirming character in sight (not counting Bruce Dern's cameo as the same small-town ahole he played in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska"). Iain Armitage ("Young Sheldon"!) is convincing as Addy's grandson, a mopey video gamer who learns to appreciate the old-school distractions of a train set and a rescue dog.
The only problem is, IMHO, that episodes that were portrayed as flashbacks in the novel are dispatched in a few lines of reticent dialogue in the film, which flattens out the dramatic highpoints and makes Addie's life-changing decision in the final scenes seem a bit contrived. Otherwise it's all good---definitely worth watching, though be prepared for a slight letdown towards the end.
In Holt, a small Colorado town, Addie Moore () pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters (). Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they'd been neighbors for decades, but had little contact. Their children ( and ) live far away and they are all alone in their big houses. Addie seeks to establish a connection, and make the most of the rest of the time they have.