Monday, June 29, 2009
WORTH-IT: (Joel Hopkins) Now here is a story for the masses. An unusual love story of two adults, late in life and way past cliche. Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson play Harvey and Kate, introduced by chance in Heathrow Airport and inevitably akin. Nominated for 2 Golden Globes this story is refreshing, comedic and heartfelt, unlike the romantic comedies of its time. Harvey, an outcast in his own family, on the verge of losing his job, and facing a scary realization that he might actually be all alone meets Kate. She is a spinster who hangs with her mother and take surveys in the airport. Both intolerant of daily bullshit, but subconsciously yearning for something more than what they've made, their chance meeting takes them from making fun of each other to endless conversation and chemistry. Two of Hollywood's most congenial characters merge here, taking with them immediate fans in the hearts of their audience. The film goes by fast, meets all expectations and leaves you with a smile on your face and sparkle in your eye (most likely from a tear). No regrets from watching, although you must know there are also no big performances or life-changing story lines. It's simple life brought to the big screen, and it's in just that candor that the charm of the film wins out.