by Tony Medley
Runtime 93 minutes.
OK for children.
This is a
heart-wrenching metaphysical movie with a terrific cast comprised of
Jamie Foxx, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Naomi Harris,
Michael Peña, and the incomparable Helen Mirren, among others.
I went into this film
the way I like to going to movies, knowing absolutely nothing about it,
so it had a heavy impact on me. As a result, I’m going to tell even less
about the plot than I usually do (and I rarely say anything about the
Jamie Foxx is the
leader of a tech firm, whose junior partners are Norton and Winslet. He
loses his 6 year old daughter and never recovers from his depression
which keeps getting worse. Norton and Winslet want to sell the firm
because they need the money but Foxx is basically catatonic. They devise
a plan to get his approval, which involves Knightley, Mirren, and Jacob
There was only one
criticism that I had of the movie. Near the end, when something
emotional happens, Edward Norton’s character says, “I need a drink.”
This reminds me of the old time films when everybody lit up a cigarette.
Of course in those days the cigarette companies paid for product
placement to inspire everyone who viewed movies that smoking was a
sophisticated thing to do.
Alcoholism is such a
problem today and it’s rarely mentioned. This line sounds like something
that the makers of spirits paid to be in the movie to make people think
that when something good or bad happens, having a drink is the thing
that will make you feel better. Not. I wish they’d cut it out the film,
something that would be easy to do.
Other than that
director David Frankel has produced a well-paced movie from an original
screenplay by Alan Loeb. It’s one that will cause you to leave the
theater thinking and wiping tears from your eyes, and neither of those
are bad things.