|Adidas? Gasp! (Spoken by a true NIKE employee)|
Fantastic line-up of stars, especially Maggie Smith. I couldn’t wait to see her in action. Perhaps my expectations were too high going into another British movie, but unfortunately it didn’t move me as much as I had hoped. In fact, I fast-forwarded the ending just to get through it. I so hate giving a two-star review to great artists. But just because they are, it doesn’t make the work itself a great picture.
It’s a story about a retirement home where aging musicians go to live out the remainder of their lives. Many of them know each other from the early days when they were at the highlight of their careers. They have now congregated in one place to continue dabbling in the art of music while they wait for the undertaker to take them away in a body bag.
The storyline is weak, superficial, and frankly uninteresting. I will say this, that it would be a great place to retire! The movie is set in an converted English manor, with gorgeous countryside, comfortable and beautiful interior, kind staff, and an eclectic mix of eccentric elderly. You can sing your days away, rumba to music, croquet to your heart’s content, and walk the grounds with a dirty old man, if you’d like. However, the story, at least for me, started with a great premise, but moved at a snail’s pace.
If the movie accomplishes anything, it does give a poignant view of aging and how one’s youth and glory fades. We all know it’s coming; perhaps we just don’t wish to acknowledge it.
Excuse me, while I search the Internet to find a retirement home in the UK that fits the description for retired authors. I would love to pack my bags and take my own bitterness over life to a swanky retirement home in the English countryside to live out my days. I can pen murder mysteries until they haul me away in a body bag. Works for me.
|PG-13 | Intense sequences of sci-fi
violence, action and destruction,
and for some language.
All in all, Superman is just super. It is not a movie filled with jokes and lighthearted scenes. It’s serious. He overcomes obstacles constantly when he should have died at least twenty times in the movie from all that he went through to save the human race. Probably a little over-the-top but that’s the movies. It’s all make believe, epic sci-fi special effects, and cute Henry Cavill in one damn good looking suit.
And it’s not an “S” on his shirt – it’s a symbol that means hope. But on earth, it’s an “S” to us, standing for Superman.
UPDATE: I’m nearly done with Season 3. I’m going to miss this series. The best episode – when Nick and Lulu fight and then he finally…yes, finally, grabs her in the heat of passion and kisses Lulu after they both yell at each other, “screw you!” Priceless.
LAST UPDATE: The series finale was a huge disappointment to me. The writers could have done a wonderful job ending the series with a decent closure. Instead they focused upon a sub-plot regarding capital punishment that took up too much time from the lives of Nick, Lulu, his father, and Alvin.
I wanted to kill the writers of the show. Okay, I get that all things come to an end, but not giving Nick and Lulu a happily ever-after relationship really disappointed the hell out of me. You are led to believe their relationship is healed, and suddenly Lulu turns cold toward him when he’s finally come to a place of responsibility and healing.
Nick has bent over backwards to heal their relationship, care for their baby, purchase her a house, set up a trust fund, and go to counseling. Everything she asked for, he did. The woman had too much control over his life and heart and gave him nothing in return but pain and rejection. I wanted to slap Lulu in the hospital bed for not loving Nick, when it’s clear that all the viewers fall in love with his repentant character. I’m not sure if the writers knew that the season was not being renewed or not when it was written, but if they did….badly done…badly done. I got the impression they really didn’t care to end it on a high note.