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The film is basically a fictional version of the documentary "Young @ Heart" which came out a few years ago. (If you liked that film, you'll enjoy this as well.)It's about a group of British senior citizens who enter a choral competition by singing rock and heavy metal songs. It's funny and heartwarming. There is a serious back-story too which adds to the enjoying. And the music is great with Stamp performing a Billy Joel song and Celine Dion crooning a new Diane Warren-penned song over the closing credits.
I'll certainly await the DVD of this film to see what "bonus features" they added.
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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.Read more ›
The choir instructor, Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton, 'Pirate Radio'), definitely has her challenges with Arthur, who never wishes to ever give an inch as far as the health of his wife goes. He wants to make sure he controls everything, doesn't want to loosen that taut grip. Hey, if you hold on hard enough, apply each and every ounce of your strength, then the something you are holding on to can never leave; Right? Elizabeth is great with how she handles the first very gruff, Arthur. She is a miracle in disguise for the up and coming adjustment he must make, and, also, helps with his estranged son, James (Christopher Eccleston), whom Arthur doesn't ever have much time for, but must start including in his life.
This musical group is full of the elderly sect, and they choose one eclectic list of songs to sing.Read more ›
Marion, played by Vanessa Redgrave, has a terminal disease and intends to live her life fully. Her husband, Arthur, as played by Terence Stamp, has always been stoic, no fun, Arthur. Marion is the only one who seems to understand Arthur. Marion loves to sing with her pensioner's group, her friends are there. Arthur drops her by and then leaves or stays outside and smokes. He cares for her, all by himself, he wants to do the controlling. They have a son and a granddaughter, but Arthur never seemed to get on with the boy. As time goes by we get to know the members of the choir, and the young woman leading it. This is a story well told, but it does fall into the dramatic fold. However, I wouldn't really know because tears were streaming.
A lovely British film with a lot to say. It has been said before and is not new, that is why I assume the film did not hit the big time. But for those of us who enjoy these films, it is a winner. I loved the cast, recognize a few faces in the choir, and would love to see this turned into a series. What could be better than old senior farts singing their hearts out?
Recommended. prisrob 02-23-14
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Get this movie! It will melt your heart....Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave are at their best.Published 5 months ago by linda lafayette daniel
I really love this movie. Good old fashioned melt your heart movie about someone most all of us have known over the years.Published 6 months ago by jeepers
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