Darling Companion (2012)
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Beth (Diane Keaton) saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver. Struggling with her distracted, self-involved husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. When Joseph loses the dog after their daughter's (Elisabeth Moss) wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, Beth, distraught and angry with Joseph, enlists the help of the few remaining guests (Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Mark Duplass)
Apr 20, 2012 Limited
Aug 28, 2012
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Between the gypsy psychic and the distracting characters, "Darling Companion" loses its way.
It's far from a great movie - an overwritten, underplotted vanity project that's a distant echo of what director Lawrence Kasdan could do in his prime. But it has Diane Keaton, and that's enough.
It's fun to watch Keaton and Kline together, bickering and (of course) bonding all over again.
If good intentions were everything, this benevolent film would be Best in Show. Alas, it's flawed by a drowsy pace (there is far too much hiking) and superfluous, ill-conceived characters.
The movie takes a simple if shattering occurrence and uses it as a way to bring a family together, an old trick but one well played by director Lawrence Kasdan and his wife and screenwriting partner Meg.
No doubt this yarn enthralled Larry and Meg Kasdan's dinner guests, but onscreen the crisis seems dull and inconsequential, in part because the quest for the dog is essentially a MacGuffin that drives the blah 'real' story about marital reconciliation.
A couple adopt a dog. Then they lose the dog. Then they try to find the dog. Do they end up finding the dog? Egads, don't let me spoil every twist and turn in this movie!
Featuring beautiful cinematography that captures the natural beauty of the Rockies and a superlative cast, Lawrence and Meg Kasdan's "Darling Companion" is a darling of a film.
I enjoyed Lawrence Kasdan's Darling Companion on several levels, even as I realized that it's not - by any standard criteria - a terribly good movie.
It's being billed as an adult drama, but beware: Darling Companion is a ponderous film with very little charm and a snail's pace.
This is a movie that all but licks your face and begs you to like it, and you'll find yourself wanting to oblige. But it's just too structured and seems overly concerned with conveying a sense of real time . . .
How did Kasdan get these people to show up? Did they not see the script? One can only hope that, in the future, the filmmaker's powers won't be limited to those of persuasion.
The dog is an absolute charmer -- would that the movie had spent its time on his adventures in the woods than on the dullards who ultimately seem incapable of finding a book in a library.
The problem is, like Freeway, the dog, "Darling Companion" seems to have lost its way as it just wanders looking for someplace to land.
Soppy, time-consuming, alleged feel-gooder about Diane Keaton's rescue dog, who gets lost in the Colorado Rockies.
Today, however, it's hard to watch a film about people who live in a bubble with problems that might earn them a spot on WhiteWhine.com.
...a passably pleasant endeavor from Kasdan that is, admittedly, a far cry from his earlier work...
[It] has a fine cast, but doesn't seem to have much to say other than lamenting the unfairness of getting old.
Perhaps the neurotic, self-entitled cluelessness on display, especially from Keaton's character, was meant to be amusing or gently satirical, but it's really just grating.
Audience Reviews for Darling Companion
- Jeff: Freeway!
- Beth: Freeway!
- Beth: Love is love, it doesn't matter if it's a dog.
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