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BOOK CLUB (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Book Club (2018), Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen
Book Club (2018), Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen

I went in to Book Club with the hope that I’d enjoy something similar to the good charm and humour that made the likes of The Golden Girls and Grace & Frankie a hit. My level of disappointment in the film is therefore, at least in part, my own fault. Even though my expectations may have been unfairly high, there still shouldn’t be an excuse for all the things about Book Club that had my head sometimes bowed in disappointment as I sat in the movie theatre.

Co-written and directed by Bill Holderman, Book Club is a comedy about four older women whose lives change forever after they read Fifty Shades of Grey. Generally speaking, I love stories of beautiful friendships between older women. It’s unfortunate that this particular story just wasn’t executed nearly well enough.

One or two moving moments nearer the end aside, the most I did in response to the films humour during the 1 hour, 44 minute run time was smile mildly. The fact that most, if not all of the funniest lines were used in the trailer didn’t help matters.

Book Club (2018), Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia
Book Club (2018), Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia

My biggest issue with Book Club, besides Diane Keaton’s Character’s two annoying daughters has to be the way the whole thing, or at least the first half felt like a rehearsal rather than the finished product. I say this particularly  because the chemistry between the four friends is poor. I didn’t buy their connections. The rhythm of their conversations was off. The lines were sometimes not delivered in a way that rang true to my ears. Another thing I noticed is that Jane Fonda’s character seemed to be on a different level and not necessarily in a bad way. One might argue that her commitment to her character was on a level that the rest of the cast didn’t quite join her on and they should have.

Much like what the Fifty Shades Of Grey movies proved, if the writing / source material is bad, no amount of work during and after the filming process can disguise that truth. Book Club needed more story and character development overall, as well as more rehearsal. More than anything, Book Club for me is now simply another reminder of how hard it is to make a great film, let alone a good one.

If I had to pick a favourite moment besides all the ones when I noticed Don Johnson’s character’s impeccable dress sense, it would be the one piece of moving dialogue that included the words ‘…love is just a word, until someone gives it meaning…’

Watch Book Club if you simply must.

Happy Film Loving

G

BOOK CLUB (2018): New Trailer From Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen…

Book Club (2018), Mary Steenburgen, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen
Book Club (2018), Mary Steenburgen, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen

Directed and co-written by Bill Holderman, Book Club is a comedy about four women whose lives are forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey.

Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen star…

I’m often drawn to stories of friendships between women in later life, especially if comedy is involved. My fingers are crossed that I’ll enjoy this close to as much as I do Grace & Frankie.

Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, Don Johnson, Alicia Silverstone and Richard Dreyfuss also star.

Book Club Release Dates: May 18th, 2018 (US); June 1st, 2018 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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OUR SOULS AT NIGHT (2017): New Trailer From Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Matthias Schoenaerts, Judy Greer…

Our Souls At Night (2017), Jane Fonda, Robert Redford
Our Souls At Night (2017), Jane Fonda, Robert Redford

In Our Souls At Night, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford play a widow and widower who’ve lived next to each other for years. The pair have almost no relationship but that all changes when…

I haven’t seen Schoenaerts in a new movie for a while and I really want to. Thestory which intrigues me a little and Jane Fonda, I appreciate because of her great work in Grace & Frankie, Youth (2015). There’s also her interviews in The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables.

Directed by Ritesh Batra, Bruce Dern, Michael Love Toliver and Phyllis Somerville also star.

Our Souls At Night Release Dates: 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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YOUTH (2015): For The Wisdom In The Stories & The Spectacular Audio Visual Feast

Youth (2015), Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel
Youth (2015), Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel

The music and cinematography in Youth are the first things you’ll notice. Then comes the the dialogue and highly accomplished acting talent in the shape of Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda, Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano.

Youth reminds me of part of the reason why film is such a great love of mine. How through film, all the different forms of artistic expression can come together and be enjoyed, all in one place and in a whole new way.

As I would advise anyone before viewing a movie, watch only when you’re in the right mood for a particular genre of film. I fear that should you not be in the mood for the drama/ non-action/ non-thriller that Youth is, you may judge it unfairly.

Youth (2015), Rachel Weisz
Youth (2015), Rachel Weisz

Youth is the type of film that will likely leave you with plenty to think about; from what constitutes a good friendship, the cost of becoming one of the best in your field, to the things in life that drive us and the unexpected outcomes of the friendships / relationships in our lives.

There is so much to take in that by the end you’ll get the feeling that another viewing needs to happen soon if not immediately. The film is two hours long so immediately is probably not the best way to go. 

Youth is wise and smart. It is funny in parts, though not a comedy. It’s also officially my favourite favourite Michael Caine film.

I loved this movie but embarrassingly, I knew very little of accomplished Italian writer / director Paolo Sorrentino’s work. I’ve since reviewed his filmography and The Great Beauty (2013) is now on my watch list.

Time for me to think about when best to visit Switzerland, for the visual feast that is Youth definitely has me sold.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

YOUTH (2015) New Trailer From Michael Caine, Paul Dano & Jane Fonda

Youth (2015), Michael Caine, Paul Dano
Youth (2015), Michael Caine, Paul Dano

I saw the trailer for Youth a few months ago and thought it was a comedy. Not so much now, after this new version…

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, it does look good, especially with a cast list that includes Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano, Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz and Alex Macqueen.

May this non-comedy not depress me. But if it must, I sure hope it’s worth it.

Happy Youth 🙂

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