4 items from 2015
Director: Richard Loncraine
Running Time: 92 mins
Recently I reviewed Elsa & Fred, an underwhelming drama from veteran director Michael Radford centering on an elderly romance that made growing old seem about as entertaining as a one way ticket to a care home. Now another long-established helmer, Richard Loncraine, has offered a similar experience with Ruth & Alex.
Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman play the title roles of a bohemian couple who face a new (and depressingly final) chapter in their lives when they decide to put their New York apartment up for sale. As various memories are triggered and flashbacks to their younger selves are depicted, we also follow the tribulations of their dog, who spends a lot of the narrative in hospital with back trouble. When a canine is more interesting than the lead characters you know a film is in trouble. »
- Steve Palace
When one actor is particularly magnetic to watch, the well-worn adage goes that fans would pay money to see that actor read the phone book. Fans of Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman that would find that directory patter electrifying will be part of the target audience for 5 Flights Up, yet another septuagenarian drama that coasts almost entirely on the gentle chemistry between those stars. If you’re willing to pay money to see them go apartment shopping, this is the film for you.
Freeman and Keaton star as Alex and Ruth Carver, a charming couple with mixed feelings about selling their quaint Brooklyn apartment – one that overlooks the bridge, has a garden on the roof and plenty of sunlight coming through the windows. They have lived at this picturesque location for 40 years, but now that Ruth has retired from teaching and Alex huffs to get up the five flights leading to the door, »
- Jordan Adler
5 Flights Up Focus World Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Richard Loncraine Screenwriter: Charlie Peters, based on novel “Heroic Measures” by Jill Climent Cast: Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Cynthia Nixon, Claire van der Boom, Korey Jackson, Carrie Preston Screened at: Universal, NYC, 3/31/15 Opens: May 8, 2015 Director Richard Loncraine, whose résumé includes the likes of Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” evokes considerable tension from his cast in “5 Flights Up,” but here’s the surprise. The tension does not come from watching the timer on a bomb clicking toward zero while the good guys work frantically to debate which wires to cut with 2 [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Now here’s an unexpectedly charming on-screen couple: Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton. The pair star in 5 Flights Up, in which they play a married couple moving from their long-time Brooklyn apartment now that the neighborhood has slanted entirely hipster. The trouble of course is finding a buyer and finding a home that’ll suit them in their twilight years.
Sounds simple and charming enough, and with this cast, it’s plenty to attract the big senior audience that just poured out to see The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at matinees across the country (seriously, don’t see a Meryl Streep movie at 2 Pm on a weekday. You’d think you’re seeing a midnight showing of The Hunger Games).
- Brian Welk
4 items from 2015
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