This month Ally Blake is bringing you the rundown on a romantic film about a couple of people who've been there, done that are don't realise they are looking for love until it finds them.
One of the better films of the past five years. By far. This movie is rich, beautiful, classy, funny, moving, chocca block with characters and great dialogue and so many moments I’m sure I’ve left out a good half dozen of the best.
HERO & HEROINE
A 63 year old hero played by Jack Nicholson, and a fifty-something heroine played by Diane Keaton who is truly getting better and better with age. She also was Oscar nominated for the role. Both utterly appealing. Both living fantasy lives. She’s a playwright, he’s a record label owner. He’s a playboy, she’s a divorcee in a man drought while men her age date girls her daughter’s age.
Is this cinema’s answer to NEXT?
He comes to her house in the
Mid-tryst that night Harry has a heart attack. This sets in motion several story threads important to the development of the romance. 1) He is forced to stay at her house while he recuperates. And while her daughter has to go back to
So Harry is laid up while Erica becomes the object of affection by a much younger man. Her world is fast turning on its head. But so is Harry’s as he finds himself becoming intrigued by her. Her smarts, her experience, her beauty, her sass, the fact that they have so much in common.
And it is here that the romance between Harry and Erica truly grows into something believable and very real for the both of them.
Erica: “Even drugged he’s a letch.”
- When Harry walks in on Erica naked the night he comes home from the hospital.
Harry: “I’m sorry.” Shivers. “Oh God am I sorry.”
Later the next day...
Harry: “You saw my ass and you don’t see me acting nuts and wearing glasses and hats!”
- The sex scene. Funny! So real, pulling on the truths of sixty year old nookie. Bad eyesight. Wobbly bits. Menopause means no birth control. The need to check blood pressure before over-exerting. The aftermath being the first eight hour sleep either of them has had in years. All funny, but all terribly poignant.
Colour plays a big part in the look of the film which I adore. Beige, white and blue, the colours of the beach. It makes the film look comforting and beautiful. It’s also meaningful in the character development.
- Collecting white rocks on the beach that Erica keeps in glass jars around the house. Harry gives her a black stone to remember him by. Later in the film, when he leaves her house, she gives him a jar of black rocks with one white rock to remember her by.
- The costumes. Erica’s turtlenecks and top to toe beige and white. Harry’s darkness. The way they morph into one another’s colours as the film goes on. Clever, clever.
- The house. A classic white and grey shingled mansion in the
This film twists and turns on a dime a dozen times over. Will they or won’t they end up together? Do we want her to end up with the handsome Doctor instead? Will her ex-husband really marry a girl only two years older than their own daughter and prove men are men and there’s no changing them?
Ending he film in
Rent it and find out!
Warm and fuzzy rating: 9
(I must have seen this movie twenty odd times and that’s gotta tell you something!)
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