Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Last Chance Harvey

New Friend, New Love

I'll say it upfront: This is one of the best movies I've seen this year to date. It's heartwarming, well acted, and has a bagful of charm that lifts your spirits through an old-fashioned romantic tale filled with hope. In these depressing times where one gets bombarded with negative news left, right and centre, nothing beats having real escapism in a darkened theatre, in following two individuals finding strength in each other in facing their adversary squarely in the face.

It's been some time since we last saw Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson on the big screen, and Last Chance Harvey unites them in a somewhat talkie movie ala Before Sunrise, but only after spending considerable time in building up their backgrounds. Wee see how Hoffman's Harvey Shine is having the worst day of his life, from losing his job to learning that his daughter is getting her step-dad to give her hand away in marriage. He ends up at a bar where he meets Thompson's Kate, and together they spend an incredible 24 hours together.

It's a reminder to seize the day and any positive opportunity that comes along, and finding oneself falling in love when you least expect to. And observing how this couple are having the time of their life, with good natured humour injected to smile at challenges, Last Chance Harvey is a surprising gem that you should opt for in this crowded week of cinematic releases. Trust me, the charisma of both actors playing off each other, is well worth the ticket price already.

You can read my review of Last Chance Harvey at by clicking on the logo below.


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