The Land Of Steady Habits is the story of Anders (Ben Mendelsohn), a man who retires from his finance job and leaves his wife in order to renew his lust for life.
Things don’t quite go as smoothly as hoped for poor Anders. Directed by Nicole Holofcener, this story feels very real and true. It features a fair number of lost and hurt / hurting people trying, as well as others who don’t appear to be trying especially hard. Outside of Anders, whose journey intrigued me, I wanted to know more about why each person was really behaving the way they were but we never get to know about what makes up the other lost and hurting people in Anders’s circle. Certainly not as much as my curious mind desired anyway.
The unexpectedness of the humour in Holfcener’s film, the good performances and the unpredictability of the very human story is why I liked it. In addition to confirming that Mendelsohn’s American accent isn’t bad, The Land Of Steady Habits reminds me of how invaluable good family and friendships are, especially when things don’t quite work out.
Give it a chance if the protagonist’s situation intrigues you. It’s a little bit of a slow burn – like life can be sometimes, but not slow enough that I wanted to stop before the end.
A man retires from his job in finance and leaves his wife in the hopes that it will renew his lust for life but things don’t quite go according to plan.
Written / directed by Nicole Holofcener key cast includes Ben Mendelsohn, Edie Falco, Natalie Gold, Connie Britton, Thomas Mann…
I’m curious because the cast is good. I’m also intrigued by Mendelsohn’s American accent. Lastly, my nosy side wants to know the secret Mendelsohn’s character seems to be hiding. There may be no secret at all, which would also be fine.
I recall someone saying that The Comedian, a comedy starring Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito and Leslie Mann wasn’t great. This surprised me considering the very talented cast. I of course watched it anyway and can say that there were moments where I laughed and smiled.
Directed by Taylor Hackford and with De Niro playing a sort of lovable rogue in the shape of an ageing insult comic named Jack Burke, I wouldn’t call this film one of the most memorable movies in De Niro’s filmography. It reminded me a little of what I love most about Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm; a situation comedy series where Larry David plays a version of himself. David’s character says what he truly thinks and does precisely as he wishes even if it makes everyone around him, especially his loved ones extremely uncomfortable therefore keeping them in an almost constant state of ‘suffering’ – to great comic effect.
The Comedian is no where near as funny as Curb but it was tolerable enough for me to watch the entire thing. If anything about this moviecan be described as forced, it’s perhaps the comedy element. When considering the events that take place in the film and how they unfold, I certainly wouldn’t describe much of it as ‘bursting at the seams with cliches’ at least not from my pesrpective – and that’s a good thing.