The Whales of August Reviews
Quirky movie, great scenes such as Ann Sothern stating
"it was just a little tap, nothing really" and getting teary eyed that they won't let her drive anymore, as she has been driving over 50 years -
Another one I had to buy - and so neat to see Vincent Price in a non-horror roll -
Two elderly sisters reside on the coast of Maine remembering how life was and contemplating how it should be. They spend their days interacting with a local repair man, a fisherman, and an outgoing girlfriend. One of the sisters decides she doesn't want anything to change in their lives while the other sister feels things must change for life to be worth living. Can the two coincide?
"Life can never be too long."
Lindsay Anderson, director of Wish You Were There, Every Day Except Christmas, Foot and Mouth, Henry, and Meet the Pioneers, delivers The Whales of August. The storyline for this picture is interesting and reminded me of Driving Ms. Daisy and Fried Green Tomatoes. The story is sad in a lot of ways but also triumphant in a matter of speaking. The acting was marvelous and the cast included Vincent Price, Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, and Ann Sothern.
"This is Maine and this is my house."
The Whales of August grabbed my attention because it was a Vincent Price picture that I had not seen. I will say that this film was entertaining and it was fun watching the plot unfold; however, this picture provided little originality for the genre. This is an above average drama that is worth viewing once but may not be worth adding to your DVD collection.
"That must be the noisiest man god ever created."
This film is a little slow & not a lot happens but the characters are all so interesting even the ladies handyman is great.
It accurately covers the battles of senility & Lillian Gish was a ripe age of 94 years old when she went in production of this film & in my opinion steals the show.
It's a touching, simple & paced in an appropriate manner & I liked but I can see why it hasn't been well received its a little bit too sad for mainstream audiences.