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 byJoanie WolfVote: 8/10/10
I very much enjoyed this unusual movie depicting the lives of twopeople in their older, and in this case, more lonesome years.
Both Fonda and Redford gave nuanced performances which were veryrelatable, especially if you are over the age of 60. I doubt that veryyoung adults would find much to enjoy about this picture, and that is ashame because in fact it displays well the one thing which peoplecannot lose if they are to continue enjoying their lives into theirlast decades, and that is hope.
So often younger people do not appreciate the wisdom and humanity whichboth come with age. Nor do they realize that if they are lucky, they,too, will be old one day.
If you want a sweet look into lives of the older but certainly not deadyet, this would be a good place to do so.
Reviewed byHotToastyRagVote: 8/10/10
Millions of Americans watched Our Souls at Night on September 29th, theNetflix release date of their original film that reunited RobertRedford and Jane Fonda for the first time since 1979's The ElectricHorseman. I'm happy to say I was one of them, and I wasn'tdisappointed!
Robert Redford is a lonely widower, and his neighbor Jane Fonda is alonely widow. After dinner one night, Jane knocks on his door andpropositions him. "Would you be interested in coming to my house somenights and sleeping with me?" she asks. She explains her reasoning:they're both lonely, and she thinks it would be easier to get throughthe night if there was someone beside her to talk to. Her intentionsare entirely honorable, and when Bob agrees, they strike up afriendship that just might lead to more.
This movie is so cute! They put a long gray wig on Jane to frump her upa bit, but she's still beautiful and vibrant, and Bob is as handsomeand sweet as he was decades ago. When you watch the movie, it doesn'tfeel like you're watching a 79-year-old and an 81-year-old. They'veboth aged so well; it feels like a love story between two folks intheir late-sixties.
The plot is pretty simple, but it doesn't have to be complicated. We'rewatching it for the eye candy of Bob and Jane! With her gray Gibsonbun, Jane seemed to channel Katharine Hepburn in On Golden Pond, and Ifound myself hoping that Hollywood would remake the classic film withJane in the lead. She could reunite with costar Bruce Dern from ComingHome, who's also in Our Souls at Night, and Laura Dern could play thedaughter. Everyone would go see it! If the Derns were unavailable, thestory could be tweaked to widower and his sister, rather than husbandand wife, and Peter Fonda could join Jane in the lead role. BridgetFonda could come out of retirement and round out the casttherewouldn't be a dry eye in the house! But enough of my On Golden Pondfantasy. Go watch Our Souls at Night, exclusively on Netflix, and fallin love with Bob and Jane all over again. It's truly charming, and itmakes for a very sweet and fun evening.
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.