Three movies, one weekend and one exhausted writer. Strangely, it was the exhaustion which enabled the movie watching along with Amazon Prime.
Movie 1: Late Night staring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling and John Lithgow.
This is the movie that started the spree. Emmy Thompson is on fire as the failing talk show, Katherine Newbury. She brings a lot of depth to the role. I loved see this character’s emotional development. While parts of it were disjointed and I wish they had done more with Mindy Kaling’s character, Molly, I enjoyed it. It left me with a sense of catharsis after a very stressful week. A feeling that no matter how badly I mess up there is a chance for redemption. It didn’t hurt that there were genuinely funny moments mixed with deeper emotions.
One reviewer didn’t like Molly’s romantic subplot calling it wispy, but I thought it fit. The story isn’t about Molly, it is about Katherine’s redemption. Katherine is unlikable in the beginning of the film. By the end, you are rooting for her success. I think were the writing when wrong was that from the start of the film you expected there to be more between develop in the relationship with Katherine and Molly. The film seemed like it was on two different tracks with these characters.
Overall, I loved the film and would watch it again.
Movie 2: Book Club staring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen.
Dianc Keaton and Candice Bergen are two of my favorite actors and I don’t think that Mary Steenburgen gets enough credit for her acting ability. She brings something to every film she is in that is unforgettable. This movie was no exception to that. Jane Fonda plays perhaps the most shallow of the bunch and has the most growth through out the film. Although it does take an intervention from her friends for her to final make the chance.
This is a chick flick that proves just because you are older doesn’t mean you life is over. The story line with Candice Bergen was the most surprising. Candice’s character is dealing with watching her ex-husband marry a woman half his age. Instead of going for revenge (which would be ill conceived as she initiated the divorce) or belittling the relationship, she wishes them well and gets on with her own life.
I loved this movie for being both unrealistic in the romance department (except for Mary Steenburgen’s storyline) and emotional validating that life isn’t over when you hit 60.
Movie Three – John Wick staring Keanu Reeves.
I watched this film mostly because some good friends of mine loved it and were raving about the third film that was recently released. I get it now. I really get it and will watch the rest of the series in time. Although, if anyone had told me the bit about the puppy, I probably won’t have watched it.
The take away from this film was don’t mess with someone’s puppy. Seriously, if anyone hurt Luke, I would go John Wick on them. It would be nice to have a body disposal service like in the film. And I would love to see a story or film about the day to day life of those cleaners.
This weekend was all about recharging although that wasn’t my intention at the start. I wanted to be productive and do things. I did do things. I did a big editing past on my next book, the Devil’s Due. The biggest one was to take care of myself. In doing so, I found myself reflecting on characters and storytelling. There were unpredictable elements in each of these films which made me love them. The characters were flat. And each one had a element of escapism that helped me step away from my stress for a time.