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Take A Sad Song And Make It Better,
This review is from: Unfinished Song (DVD)
What a joy it is to see consummate actors of the calibre of Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp on the big screen. And while they may not be the youthful handsome and beautiful actors we remember from "Far From the Madding Crowd" and "Camelot," they remind us that, yes, there is still a beauty in old age. (Watching this film, I was reminded that the great photographer Imogene Cunningham published near the end of her life-- I believe she was at least 90-- beautiful photographs of old people.)
Stamp as Arthur and Redgrave as his wife Marion play two characters in the twilight of their lives and are in a word, brilliant. But Gemma Arterton as Elizabeth, the music teacher, and Christopher Eccleston as Arthur and Marion's son James give outstanding performances as well. (The tension between Arthur and his son James is palpable. And the friendship that develops between the old Arthur and the young Elizabeth is one of the pluses of the film.) The plot is simple and could have been washed out to the British sea by a lesser director (Paul Andrew Williams directs) and less than stellar acting as the actors carry the film. (Elizabeth gets a group of seniors ready to perform heavy metal music for a contest.)
I went to see this movie with some trepidation since the rumors I had heard were that it was a tearjerker and I had heard the words "too sentimental" bandied about. I worried in vain. Of course there are sad moments in this movie-- to experience Terence Stamp singing Billy Joel's "Llullabye (Goodnight, my Angel)" will make you tear up and is worth the price of admission to the movie-- but there are scenes that will make your smile as well. According to the MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY, the definition of "sentimental" is (a)"marked or governed by feeling" and (b) "resulting from feeling rather than reason." Isn't this why we weep at funerals and feel overwhelming sadness when sons and daughters go off to fight in foreign lands? It is all about being human. Or as the late Celestine Sibley, a columnist for the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION once said, sometimes life will make you cry.
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Initial post: Jul 18, 2014 4:46:11 AM PDT
This review captures so well my feeling about the film. Now in the twilight of my life, with my love of 52 years, I shed many tears as I watched Stamp begin to break bud (perhaps he'll bloom) and connect with others in a way he has not before, except perhaps with Marion (Redgrave), the love whose loss he mourns. This is a powerful story of the ability of people to change if given encouragement--and time enough. I shall watch it again and again, turning often to the scene in which Stamp turns a lullaby into a love song.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 5:26:37 PM PDT
Foster Corbin says:
Thank you so much for your kind comments.
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