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Our Souls at Night (2017)
For Older Audiences Only
I was so looking forward to watching this movie. I've always been a big Robert Redford fan, and like Jane Fonda as well. I wanted to watch it because I am newly widowed myself, and thought I would connect with the characters. I was a bit disappointed in the story line, but found it enjoyable just the same. The acting was superb, filming was gorgeous, but I found the writing a little choppy. Occasionally, I found the time line of events a tad confusing, and overall the story a bit implausible. I doubt anyone would invite a stranger to sleep with them first, rather than suggest a cup of coffee, or lunch to start. Still, it is worth watching, if you are a senior yourself. Younger viewers would probably find it a little toward the pathetic side. I didn't connect with Addie and Louis the way I had hoped to, but Robert Redford is welcome to keep me company any time. He is my last surviving Hollywood idol. All the others have either died, or fallen off their pedestals!
A great story...a poor movie.
This movie had so much potential, yet all was lost in the production. They had big acting names (Sidney Portier, Piper Laurie), a good story line, beautiful setting, and a great moral. However, the main thought that comes to mind while watching is: why didn't they try to make this better? The dialog was poor, the acting poor, and the story line was disjointed. It left me with more questions than satisfaction. However...
Why is it that good, clean, for-everyone entertainment like this is always pushed aside to produce horrific, violent, foul and sex-driven movies? I would rather watch these poorly produced, poorly-filmed stories, than those that turn my stomach. But it could be so different!
Smart People (2008)
I think this was possibly the most boring movie I have ever watched! I kept thinking that something grand was going to happen to salvage my time, but nothing ever did. I enjoyed the "snapshots" during the credits more than the entire movie that preceded them. Why didn't the writers/directors start the story at the end of the movie? Everything that happened before the love interest entered the picture, could have been told in 10 or 15 minutes. I agree the family was odd, and needed a new outlook on life, but did it really have to take the whole movie to say so? Guess I'm just not smart enough to figure out the appeal of these smart people. Sorry.