Sunday, June 07, 2009

Last Chance Harvey

I have a Netflix movie to watch -- "What Dreams May Come" but I have been forewarned that it could be a bit depressing. So, in an effort to entertain myself, I went browsing through my video on demand selections. It is disturbing how many titles on VOD contain some form of the word "dead" -- but I digress.

I almost settled for "He's Just Not that Into You" but somehow I just felt the need to keep looking -- romance could be a great option over depressing but I wasn't convinced. Then, I ran across "Last Chance Harvey". While it is on my Netflix queue, I decided to "buy" it instead and I am very glad I did -- it was completely delightful!

A romance, yes, but one that I am more able to identify with which means the characters were persons of "a certain age". Emma Thompson was phenomenal. I used to not like her much but as I am seeing her in more and more things I am beginning to admire her very much -- I would define her as the British version of Meryl Streep -- or close. Dustin Hoffman played the American gentleman facing more than one crossroad in his life -- transition as he calls it -- and he was fantastic. Of course, I have been a fan of Hoffman since his "The Graduate" days and he never fails to disappoint.

I would recommend this movie without reserve. Of course, people my children's age wouldn't enjoy it, probably, but I did and would -- and probably will -- watch it again.

Unconscious Mutterings #332

hockey: puck
twirling: baton, Nancy, band
Montreal: AGAIN
better: good
new: better
rally: cars
Stanley: tools
USB: port
scouted: actors, college sports
cough: uh oh