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A gentle and charming tale based on a true story & also a paean to a special place and the people that enhance it (I may be biased, it's my birthplace & I still love it.)
Keaton's botoxed face seems incapable of any expression, and her performances lack any emotional depth. There's clearly no chemistry between her and Gleeson, so scenes which should be full of passion and anguish are flatter than her chemically restrained forehead. It's a sweet enough story, but weakly told. However the film trots along at a watchable pace and is saved from complete oblivion by a strong performance from Gleeson and excellent support from some fine British actors including Lesley Manville, Simon Callow and Philip Davies.
This rather felt like some inspiration had come from The Lady In The Van, with Maggie Smith. And touches of R.Curtis's work too. But Mr Curtis would have done a better job, of that I'm pretty certain. At too many points is credibility stretched too far here, with the initial setting of the first anniversary-widow Keaton getting into financial quicksand while simultaneously meeting - and liking too deeply and much too fast for that initial cred to survive - a chap who's essentially a tramp, living "rough" in a nailed-together shack of sorts in woodland across the road. Such a lady just wouldn't have done so. And he transformed from a solitary tramp-curmudgeon to a mostly-reasonable-and-educated willing converstationalist, conveniently not smelly and begrimed. They leapfrog into bed in her flat's attic, while she fends off a comedically-randy accountant, there's placards to stop a developer from building on the plot where the tramp has his shack - and from that point on, there was only one way for this thing to go without suddenly going off the rails it'd forged during the flick's first half.
Allegedly based on factual happenings in Hampstead concerning a tramp's successful legal battle with big finance, they just wove too many layers that stretched one's intelligence much too thinly. It just would have never progressed in the way shown here.
The plot is saved to some extent by some characterful roles from the peripheral cast, but the damage was too extensive for them to save this unfortunate outing. Keaton's capable for better than this (was she present to key into American backing - since it's popularly supposed that unless there's an American biggish name in the cast, no US finance will be made available?)
About American stupidities such as that - nothing would surprise me...
Because of the supporting cast's efforts, three stars awarded.
Good story, good laughs. Not a typical rom com aimed at the 20-somethings, had some substance.
Great movie, the actors and London are superb.
Loved This Movie!
Romantic duo with lots of twists and turns. Many surprises in the story with well cast actors. Every character immerses you deeper into the story until you sense that you are in the midst of it. A very well done film.
[Spoiler Alert] I found all of my rising hopes in the developing story to be dashed, then raised again like the Phoenix.
Painfully slow movie.
A nice enough fairytale told in real time London with Diane Keaton playing herself and a curmudgeonly Gleeson as a man no real Woman could learn to love, but she does. The plot is Rom-com and the sets and scenery are full Of charm, but the script needs a good dusting off before it would have been ready for prime time.
Boing and bland, Keaton was good though
Boring and predictable