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This isn't a rom-com as it's billed. It's a delicately balanced coming of age story of two people coming to terms with aging. Mary, the wife, is trying to "get things right'" by exercising, age-proofing the house, getting tested for diseases of aging. Adam is doing the guy thing of hating age and fighting against it. There are some holes in the plot and story, but on the whole it's marvelously skillful . Love it.
A terribly long and unbearably boring drama. There's no real depth to the story not the characters and the outcome was rather predictable.
Lovely to watch the fine acting of Isabella Rossellini but movie is very thin on story. Also the premise that being old at 60 is annoying.
"Late Bloomers" has a good cast, namely William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini as a married couple growing nearer to 60 while facing challenges in life, namely his struggling architecture practice and her wanting to volunteer at pretty much anything.(That's not to mention very fine support from Simon Callow and Joanna Lumley.) But the movie is so scattershot that it lacks much in the way of a consistent story, or really any kind of meaningful insights.
This movie is okay. I don't think William Hurt or Isabella Rossellini are old enough. Isabella's character seems unusually fussy. It tends to make the characters always confused and lost. As if they are both getting Alzheimers. The music is god awful. The story about an architect redesigning a nursing home is not a plot of particular interest. Yawn.
Monday, September 22, 2014
(2012) Late Bloomers
At the opening centers on an older couple of Adam (William Hurt) and Mary (Isabella Rossellini) residing London, England doing their routine thing. And after the two made out, it appears that Mary had suffered a short memory relapse, and had decided to have herself get checked out. It was then suggested by her doctorate friends that perhaps she should join on one of those exercise clubs to stimulate herself. And it was about that time, is when the Isabella Rossellini character begin to become annoying. It's when she start to make 'conditions' both for her husband as well as herself. To the extent of her husband quitting the job he loves of an accomplished architect just so he can 'act' old as they should've been. And as soon as he refuses, they start to separate. And then it becomes this silly thing when their already successful grown up children later finding out about their separation, putting their own careers on hold so that they can get their parents to go back together again. Narrow mindedly, much of the movie refuses to make the point that you're only as old as you feel. I think the movie did point it out at some point but it didn't do anything to enhance the movie on any way. Maybe in London, England some older people, or retirees feel like useless and stuff, but here in North America, it is usually custom to have parents of underage children being looked after by grandparents since 1)parents are usually busy working in their jobs, and 2) having grandparents looking after their grand children saves parents money from babysitting costs, which this film for some reason refuses to address. I guess, it's because the parents got nannies to look after them.
1 star out of 4
Adam et Mary sont un couple dans la soixantaine, heureux grands-parents et parfaitement organisés. Un jour, Mary se rend compte qu'ils sont rentrés dans la catégorie senior sans même le remarquer. Maintenant, ce sont eux les vieux ! Sur quoi elle décide d'assumer son nouveau statut, et de réaménager leur appartement en fonction. Mais Adam n'est pas du tout prêt à accepter d'être qualifié de senior, et prend la direction inverse en accentuant tout ce qui le maintient encore parmi les plus jeunes. Clash assuré !
Une belle comédie touchante et amusante que voilà. William Hurt et Isabella Rossellini sont parfaits dans leurs personnages qui réagissent chacun de manière extrême. Outre les scènes dédiées au rire (téléphone à grosses touches, baignoire avec poignée, séance d'aquagym etc.) et à la réflexion (volontariat pour les retraités pour les garder « actifs »), on nous y montre aussi l'importance que le regard de la société peut avoir sur les individus, et combien il est difficile de vouloir à tout prix ranger chacun dans une catégorie propre, alors que nous sommes tous différents. J'ai bien rigolé et ai réellement apprécié ce petit instant tout plaisant de cinéma.
Really, I could watch William Hurt read the dictionary, but I have to admit his British accent was barely discernible. Isabella Rossellini was fantastic. The script had some nice moments , like the couple's wordless conversation across their son's noisy art exhibit, but over all I would have to say it was very "loosely woven".
Story of a 60 year old couple rediscovering their marriage. The male lead being an medal winning architect certainly raised my interest.
Late Bloomers promises more than it delivers. One might expect seasoned professionals like Isabella Rossellini and William Hurt to deliver nuanced, heartfelt performances, they simply march through the poorly written, silly script in which their hearts are absent. They are tired of their lifestyle in the film. We are tired of them by film's end. Two words -- don't bother!