Book Club (2018)

Finding your feet (2018)

There is a beauty about films which explore aging gracefully and embracing one’s life, ambitions, desires, needs and dreams just as in middle age or youth. The following two films were a poignant reminder to prepare for, and enjoy our later years.

Book club: A casting coup with the talented quartet of Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen raise different elements that may be missing in their lives and how they deal with it through literature and each other’s companionship.

2.5/5

Finding your feet: Imelda Staunton is faced with life changing circumstances, and is helped by her sister Celia Imrie and Timothy spall to embrace a new life.

3/5

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Last Vegas (2013)

We have seen many ‘coming of age’ movies, here’s to a ‘comic of age’ film which manages to capture every nuance of aging, gracefully or otherwise. 4 powerhouse talents play distinct characters with a complete balance of humour, wit, friendship, love and emotion.

Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline and Robert De Niro are going on a ‘senior bachelor trip’ to Vegas, and 60 years of friendship shows beautifully in a 3 day story. What this film manages to do so well is maintain the dignity of aging but weave in comedy in every scene, subtle or in your face. Nothing comes across as crass or vulgar, yet the fun element is high and the emotional quotient even higher.

To communicate a chemistry between age old friends isn’t easy, but we have a cast of ‘legends’ who speak of each other and their friendship very highly 😉 Their adventures become ours and we get a great insight into how it would be at that age, especially with the company and support of close friends. The Aria hotel and the famous strip transported the audience to gamble town, eliciting many hoots and cheers, complete with all elements of entertainment you expect to find there 🙂

This is what you get when a mid-life crisis, a stroke, a grouch and Mr. Replacement decide to throw a party!

You’re Invited!

4/5