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Missing Link (2019) Blu-Ray Movie Review By D.M. Anderson

 

Missing Link Review

Director: Chris Butler
Writer: Chris Butler
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant, Emma Thompson, Matt Lucas, Amrita Acharia

One thing is certain: Laika Studios – located right in my backyard, by the way – has never made it easy on themselves. In an era when virtually all animated features are CG, they adhere to the painstaking process of stop-motion animation (probably why they’re produced only five films in 10 years). When even Pixar has succumbed to franchise fever, Laika continues to take enormous creative and financial risks with concepts that aren’t easily marketable nor conducive to franchising. Laika makes family films without ever dumbing them down or blatantly catering to kids with “cute” characters.

They are films made by artists, not technicians or accountants, so it must have really stung when Missing Link didn’t find an audience while another studio can vomit-out The Emoji Movie and audiences vomit-back $200 million. That’s like a talent show where a classical pianist comes in second place to a kid who can squirt milk out his nose.

In a way, I can understand Missing Link being a hard sell. It’s populated with unconventionally-rendered, wildly-exaggerated characters that wouldn’t look good on a cereal box. In fact, the title creature, Mr. Link (aka “Susan”), is initially off-putting, with a snout like a botched nosejob. The humor is often very dry and a lot of the best gags aren’t visual ones.

But like Laika’s other films – The Boxtrolls, in particular – Missing Link develops an infectious, easy-going charm that can sneak-up on the viewer, perhaps without them realising it. Though seldom laugh-out-loud funny, there are frequent bits of throw-away dialogue that are often uproarious (“You’re utopia sucks!”). The voices provided by an impressive cast are merely adequate (Hugh Jackson seems kind-of underused), but their characters are what matter and they tend to grow on you as the story unfolds.

Of course, it’s the unappreciated stop-motion animation that ultimately steals the show. The attention to detail is amazing, the characters’ expressions & movements so fluid that one could almost mistake it for computer animation. Even if one isn’t enamoured by its aesthetic, characters or story, the technical merits alone make Missing Link worth seeing. Another visually impressive achievement from Laika Studios, it’s a shame their hard work was largely ignored in theatres. On the other hand, since this Blu-ray comes with some fascinating making-of featurettes, maybe it’ll be easier to appreciate at home.

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Men in Black: International (2019) Movie Review By The Moviie Couple

Men in Black: International Review

Director: F. Gary Gray
Writers: Matt Holloway, Art Marcum
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani,Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Rafe Spall

Moviie Couple here!   We went to see ‪Men In Black‬: International this weekend!  Remember we are just a married couple that loves movies!  We’re here to tell you if we liked it.  Film experts we are not!  Just a quick reminder of our rating system.   Mrs. Moviie Couple and I, rate films on whether they are worth the cash spent on a night out.  we use a 1-6 Dollar Bill system.  1-2 Bills equal a waste of both our time and money!  3-4 Bills equal Meh to Pretty Good, money well spent!  5-6 Bills equal Wow!  Well worth the price of dinner, movie and sitter!  Please take our money again!

‪Men In Black: International continues and builds on the world started in 1997 with the original Men In Black starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.  MIB:I introduces us into a new recruit to the MIB ranks (The mysterious covert government organisation that protects Earth from any and all threats without the public’s knowledge)  and expands our story to the London Branch of the MIB.  The film stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as the new Agents in the spotlight.  They are joined by Liam Nesson and Emma Thompson as the Agents in Charge.

Rebecca Ferguson (of recent Mission Impossible fame) and Kumail Nanjiani round the cast out as alien enemies and allies met along the way.  MIB:I begins with the story of Molly and how she becomes a member of the MIB (We never spoil here at Moviie Couple) and the facing of an alien threat known only as the Hive.  As Tommy Lee Jones legendary MIB agent once told us all, there ALWAYS is a threat to Earth’s existence going on at any given time.  Our director is F. Gary Gray of Straight Outta Compton and Fate of the Furious success! New characters, Big Stars, action sequences, alien threats and alien comic relief, a space McGuffin!  I believe that covers our mission briefing.  Will Molly earn her shades? Does Chris Hemsworth save the day?  Does he manage to keep his shirt on?  Will Earth survive the newest threat to all life on our planet?  Grab your sunglasses, fire up your neuralyzers, straighten your ties and lets get right into the reviews!‬

So here we go!

Mr. Moviie Couple:  I love Hemsworth from his work in the MCU as Thor and absolutely am a huge fan of Thompson from her portrayal of Bianca in both Creed films.  So I had some high hopes coming in.  Both worked together in Thor Ragnarok, which I didn’t like tone wise overall, but I felt they worked well together in that film.  I also, for the most part, liked the MIB series.  So we have two actors I enjoy very much, a series I enjoy mostly, what could go wrong?  A LOT apparently.  This film fails us on so many levels.  Let me start by saying the first 15 minutes or so, our introduction to Molly (Tessa Thompson) and her entering the world of the MIB was very well done.  It explained a lot left out in the trailer and I was on board early, but everything after her introduction fell off a cinematic cliff.  Also this movie doesn’t just foreshadow, it foreshadows with huge NEON glowing signs everywhere!

Early scenes nearly leap at the viewer or point imaginary arrows at certain things (we never spoil) nearly screaming at the audience “THIS WILL BE IMPORTANT LATER!”  It’s embarrassing.  Every “surprise” or “shock” this film hoped to spring on you can be seen coming as early as the first 10-15 minutes in.  This movie seemed to have a road map to its conclusion almost as soon as the opening sequence was finished.  Hemsworth was his charming, bumbling, self.  Part Bond/Part Maxwell Smart and all Hemsworth.  Tessa was the best part of this film, as she made me believe she was Molly and that she was thoroughly enjoying finally being in the world she searched her whole life to find.  But the funny chemistry that led this franchise to its great success, that of Smith and Jones, is absent from this film.  Molly and H never reach that comradery or team work that even the rookie Smith did with Jones.

Even likeable Molly doesn’t quite earn her heroic moments.   Two major moments for her come, not from her skill or brains, but rather from luck or alien pals. Nanjiani is funny as the alien sidekick Pawny, but not as funny as the script thinks he is.   And in there lies the fault of MIB:I, the script or directing let this film down.  The talent is there (although wasted on the great Ms. Ferguson) , the effort is there, but the execution is lacking.  The sum does not equal the parts.  Such a let down for a once great franchise despite great talent.  I give Men In Black: International a solid 2 Bills! Ughh. What a waste of my money.  I should have caught it on TBS in a few months.

Mrs. Moviie Couple:  She summed her feelings up with one word, Predictable.  Utterly predictable!  She found Chris Hemsorth (usually a favourite of hers from the Super hero films she doesn’t care for) typical and even boring and lifeless.  She even mentioned being somewhat insulted, as a female fan, that the film makers felt a few shirtless shots of Mr.Hemsworth would make her ignore a wooden performance.  She thought Tessa Thompson’s performance was the only highlight, but still felt there was a lack of chemistry between the two leads.  She was confused throughout the film as to whether the point was to build a romance between them or not.  Neither performance leaned in either direction.  Liam Neeson did nothing spectacular for her either and she felt he simply collected an easy paycheck.

She found the “Cute” Pawny (Nanjiani) not cute, funny or likeable.  Even the aliens were generic and typical and added no fun as they did in the previous editions of the franchise.  She stated “The best thing about this movie was the free MIB sunglasses they gave us.”  The Mrs. felt this movie never should have been made.  Her final comment was how she wished ‪Will Smith‬ would show up and Neutralise her so she could forget ever seeing this movie.  “You never saw this movie, it never existed.  Go see Aladdin again”  She would beg for that memory instead.   She would have walked out if she were alone.  There must be some better things on HBO right now!  Mrs. Moviie Couple gives ‪Men In Black‬: International 1 Bill!!! Yikes, she said if our system allowed it she would have went lower!!

On the way home, We bemoaned the experience.  I continued to talk of the world of MIB, how this film didn’t even follow the established rules of preventing public knowledge of aliens and how this film could have been better. She just kept saying it was her most painful movie experience so far.  At least we got a pair of cool MIB sunglasses!  I give it 2 Bills, just a badly executed sequel.  The Mrs. gives it 1 Bill!  She wanted to walk out!  Even Hemsworth and Thompson could save this film, she wished the aliens won!  So we’ll go with an average of 1.5 Wow!  Run from this film, nothing to see here and if you do see something, get Neutralise quickly!

Till next time, Ties tight, glasses on and we’ll see you at the movies!  Be sure to check our facebook page for a clue to our next movie up for review!  Mr. & Mrs. Moviie Couple out!

The Children Act (2017) Movie Review By John Walsh

Children Act

Director: Richard Eyre
Writers: Ian McEwan (screenplay by), Ian McEwan (based on the novel by)
Stars: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin

I don’t think I’m making an outlandish statement when I say that Emma Thompson could be arguably the best British actress of her generation. I can’t think of many better and she’s certainly a favourite of my mother, who incidentally I went to see this with. I can’t lie, I didn’t know the film even existed prior to heading along to watch it. It wasn’t hugely promoted, at least not that I’m aware of and whilst she’s undeniably a cracking actress, I don’t tend to watch many of her releases, purely because they fall within genres of which I’m not a big fan. 

This film was different however, it had an intriguing, human story, centring around controversial religious beliefs that drew me in. Fiona Maye (Thompson), is an eminent high court judge, that presides over cases primarily involving children, making rulings on their behalf when they perhaps fall ill and/or have a parental figure that refuses conventional help. This is precisely the description of the case she oversees when we are first introduced to her. A young man, on the cusp of adulthood, Adam Henry (Fionn Whitehead), is diagnosed with Leukaemia and finds himself lying in a London hospital, desperately ill. An everyday situation for unfortunate families and people all over the world. 

There’s just one big, further problem for Adam. He’s from a Jehovahs Witness family and is refusing the necessary, potentially life saving, blood transfusion on principle. His parents are equally steadfast in their conviction that this act would taint their sons being. Apparently, the followers of that particular religious doctrine find the notion of having another persons blood within them equal parts sinful and unsettling. Now, regardless of me, you or their thoughts on the merits or idiocy of such a principled stance, it’s for a judge of Fiona’s position to make the conclusive decision in such an instance. 

She makes the irregular decision of going to visit the boy in the midst of a recess and immediately strikes up a bond. The pair seemingly connecting on a mental level and even going as far as singing together. This short meet and greet only serves to solidify her belief that Adam be treated. Why did she go and visit? Honestly, I have no idea, because I’m not the author of the screenplay and novel it’s adaptated from (it’s the same man incidentally), but if I was to guess, then I’d say it was down to him being on the cusp of turning eighteen, with perhaps a touch of curiosity flung in for good measure. 

Now, I’ll avoid doing a word for word plot summary, because it’s time consuming and boring to read. But needless to say, he makes a temporary recovery and everything is well in the world. Except it’s not for Fiona, she’s got personal troubles too and despite being insanely rich, respected and successful, finds herself alone and unhappy. I’ll get into why in a moment, but Emma Thompson is incredible here. It’s her film, the majority of the screen time and focus is on her, the whole thing is told from her perspective and she carries it with absolute ease. She delivers a subtle and delicate emotional masterclass of a performance. 

You feel every emotion within her at the end when it becomes apparent that things aren’t going to have a fairytale ending. Well, for poor Adam anyway, and that’s because the young man opens a pandora’s box within her psyche. His new found zest for life, his innocent, child like wonder at the possibilities she’s afforded him after breaking the mental shackles of his families religious prison only serves to remind her of how deeply unhappy her situation has became in contrast. He begins stalking Fiona, craving her company, which leaves her uncomfortable and feeling guilty, despite the relationship with her husband Jack (Stanley Tucci) breaking down, him having an open affair and work commitments robbing her of personal happiness. 

There’s a moment where they briefly kiss, but honestly, I never truly got that vibe from what was essentially a one-sided, obsessive relationship. It had more of a platonic, mother and son feel to me. Adam was seeking a different view on the world, disgusted at his parents callousness and willingness to let him die, whilst Fiona was undeniably feeling isolated. Despite that she never was truly willing to give into any notion of letting the young man stay in her home. Still, it was intriguing to see these two completely different figures from polar opposite worlds, forming an emotional bond.

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Movie Review by Stephen McLaughlin

THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES

Director: Noah Baumbach
Writer: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Adam Sandler, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel, Emma Thompson, Ben Stiller

“The Meyerowitz Stories” is the story of an estranged family who gather together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.

Going into “The Meyerowitz Stories” I didn’t really know what to expect as I felt the first half hour was introducing all the different family members and it played out like a kinda comedy drama without digging too deep into any character development. Most of these scenes are filled with heavy dialogue as the cameras pan around the family, although the opening scene with Danny (Adam Sandler) and his daughter Eliza (Grace Van Patten) immediately gives the audience an indication on the tone of the movie.

Writer / Director Noah Baumbach’s structure to this movie is in chapters and the development and depth of the characters is slowly and subtly drip fed to the viewers and by the end of this story you can identify and relate to them. Baumbach’s pacing throughout is consistent and each character’s story is respected and well rounded.

Dustin Hoffman as the artist father Harold is a joy to watch and at the same time frustrating. His annoyance and perhaps jealousy of his old friend and fellow “more successful” artist LJ Shapiro (Judd Hirsch) is rather amusing and although comes across a little bitter is actually harmless. His screen time is mostly with his son from his first marriage Danny and although there are signs of a strained relationship Hoffman and Sandler come off well in these scenes and are a believable Father and Son.

Adam Sandler seems to be going through a phase in his career for every underwhelming movie he appears in his next is pretty decent. His run of movies on a Netflix at the moment have been pretty inconsistent of late but nevertheless he seems suited as the role of Danny the son who is a talented musician but never feels the urge or ambition to exercise his talents. Ironically of late these roles seem to suit him and the audience don’t appear to be giving him a rough ride. It’s his more expected outlandish comedic roles that appear to suffer.

One of his successes is his relationship with his daughter Eliza who is played by Grace Van Patten. Their opening scene allows the audience to understand the relationship between Father and Daughter and to be fair although has limited screen time, Van Patten’s character is pretty memorable as a talented student film maker and her movies, although disturbingly humorous.

Elizabeth Marvel is Danny’s rather odd but brilliant sister Jean. I don’t think there was any scene Marvel was in that wasn’t subdued or run of the mill. Her lines where impactful and memorable and as the story unfolds, quite sad in a way that I don’t want to spoil, but I will say this. There is a reason why she is who she is.

Emma Thompson as Harold’s third wife Maureen is a rather dysfunctional and odd character who appears to be stuck in a hippy era that portrays the character as a step mother who suffers low confidence and scatty at times and for someone as talented as Thompson appeared a waste that her time on screen is limited.

Ben Stiller as Matthew, the half brother to Jean and Danny and I must say his introduction to the movie came at the right time. Matthew is a financial adviser and one of his clients is Randy played by Adam Driver. Matthew is in the middle of an on-site inspection with Randy when he receives a call fro his Dad Harold who is meeting him for lunch. Unfortunately Adam Driver’s role is a mere cameo and only sets up the lunch scene with Stiller and Hoffman. Harold’s irritation of the fellow next to him is hilarious and show little signs that Father and Son are very different people.

I must admit as the movie moved on into the hour mark I was beginning to doubt Stiller and Sandler would share any screen time and it isn’t until their father is admitted to hospital in a very serious state. The relationship between both Danny and Matthew is more pleasant than what I was expecting as all indications at the beginning of the movie pointed in the direction that Matthew was the favourite son and there would be tension between both half brothers. Thankfully the character of Jean was just as prominent in this part of the movie and still had an important role and reveal.

“The Meyerowitz Stories” for me is a traditional dysfunctional family drama that appears to work. The movie’s conclusion gives you enough to know that all of these peoples lives go on regardless what happens at the end of the movie and Director Noah Baumbach although probably doesn’t want to explain every little detail on what happens next to them leaves enough for the audience to be satisfied. Baumbach’s story could be borderline “a hint of pretentiousness” but thankfully fell on the right side of that line. Character wise we were introduced to them as strangers just like in real life and by the end of the movie you understood them. The movie has the right blend of comedy and drama and this is why I would recommend giving this movie a go.

Stranger Than Fiction (2006) Movie Retro Review by Stephen McLaughlin

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Director: Marc Forster
Writer: Zach Helm
Stars: Will Ferrell,  Emma Thompson,  Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Stranger Than Fiction continues our Retro Review season and this was one of my favourite movies in 2006. Having rewatched the Marc Forster film this week, it reminded me that although the movie is eleven years old, it hadn’t lost its charm.

Will Ferrell is Harold Crick, an IRS auditor (with a obsessive compulsive disorder in time and order) suddenly begins to hear a voice in his head narrating his entire life. What I like about the movie at this point is the audience members are listening to Emma Thompson narrating Stranger Than Fiction not any differently to any actor who explains the characters and the situation at the beginning of any movie. (Just like Morgan Freeman as Red narrating Andy Dufresne life and situation in The Shawshank Redemption) but when the lead actor begins to hear this narration from Thompson, you know that you are witnessing a very odd movie, but in a good way.

Although there is a complexity to the storyline that is probably easier to view to explain than read, it must be said that writer Zachary Helm did a brilliant job writing a very unique story of a man’s life and……death?

Harold at first thinks someone is talking to him and as time goes on begins to lose it slightly. The voice he is actually hearing is that of writer Karen Eiffel (Thompson) who bizarrely is writing a story on Harold Crick, a character she created but is in fact a real person. This is explained to the audience through Crick being referred to Professor Jules Hilbert (Hoffman) via his shrink who is a professor of literature who may be able to help Harold and the voices in his head. It’s during one of these meetings in Hilbert’s office that Harold realises the woman on the Television (Karen Eiffel) being interviewed for one of her books is in fact the voice in his head.

Desperate to track Karen Eiffel down to get to the bottom of this situation it is then we the audience members realise that the writer kills off her main character in all her books in the most poetic and meaningful way. It is also then the audience realises that Harold Crick is the main character of her latest book and must die.

Stranger than Fiction is a tale of a very lonely man who happens to find love through auditing Ana Pascal (Maggie Gyllenhaal). A cake shop owner who is behind with her taxes and basically a bit flakey in regards to her auditing skills with her business. Naturally her first few meetings with Harold are a little Icey and Gyllenhaal to be fair portrays a rebellious women who cannot stand “The Man” and naturally begins to see another side of Harold most people haven’t seen before.

Helm’s writing between these two characters is patient and natural and although the character of Harold is a little odd at first, Ferrell performs beautifully and you begin to like Harold and all his quirks. Will Ferrell is probably one of the funniest guys in Hollywood for the past twenty years and here he really shows his strengths as a serious actor in much the same vain Jim Carrey did in Enternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

The acting muscle and might of the movie is on Thompson and Hoffman in what are what some may describe as heavyweight supporting actors and to be fair they are there for that reason. Thompson’s character to begin with is portrayed as heartless and seeking out the best death she can muster for poor Mr Crick along with her assistant looking for inspiration in some of the most peculiar places. I enjoyed her performance as a writer who is struggling to get back to where she was and Thompson is brilliant as the stressed out chain smoking “Literature Grim Reaper”

Hoffman as the professor is character who grounds the storyline, he is the voice of reason and solitude for Harold Crick who thinks he is losing his marbles at times and Hoffman’s calm influence in the movie is just right. I’ve been critical in the past with big name actors being used sparingly in movies to sell tickets and put bums in cinema seats. It is not the case in Stranger Than Fiction, Hoffman enters the movie at the right times and in the most memorable scene after reading a draft of Eiffel’s book that isn’t quite complete delivers the heartbreaking line to Harold that he must die for the book to be a masterpiece. Both Hoffman and Ferrell really capture the mood of this scene so beautifully and it’s heartbreaking to know that Crick has just found happiness in his life at this point and doesn’t want to die.

For those of you who haven’t watched “Stranger Than Fiction” I will leave the plot at this point as it really has to be viewed to experience the uniqueness of this sometimes complex story. But after viewing this film again over a decade ago still effects me which is why I can’t fault this movie for what it is. Well balanced and overall interesting storyline that is directed brilliantly in its pacing where a story may be complex is shot in the most simplistic fashion. The soundtrack is another bonus that captures the emotions in the characters and it also helps that some of my favourite songs are in there too.

I highly recommend this movie and I’m very happy to see this film shed light on the streaming service Netflix that will introduce this gem to a new audience. I recommend this enjoyable film to anyone who hasn’t seen it or like me forgot how good it was the first time around.

A Walk in the Woods (2015) Movie Review by Stephen McLaughlin

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Director: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Michael Arndt (screenplay) (as Rick Kerb),  Bill Holderman (screenplay)
Stars: Robert Redford,  Nick Nolte,  Emma Thompson, Kristen Schaal and Mary Steenburgen.

Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) is an author who decides that he wants to tackle the Appalachian Trail on a six month hike. The trail has a reputation for fatalities and with Bill in his old age takes a bit of convincing his wife Catherine (Emma Thompson) that he “needs” to accomplish this feat.

At first Catherine tries everything she can to convince Bill to cancel this hike but finally accepts his decision on the condition that he has a companion on his expedition. The problem Bill faces is everyone he contacts from his list of friends declines his offer until he receives a phonecall from Stephen Kats (Nick Nolte), a friend he hasn’t seen in years.

Nick Nolte brings a comedic tone to the movie and the character of Stephen and I felt without this, the movie may have suffered. Nolte is brilliant as a former alcoholic who lives life without stress or worries. On the flip side of that, he envies Bill’s life as an author who has travelled the world and lived in England for some time, where he met his wife Catherine. Bill is aware of his live and how it compares to Stephen’s and you sense he appreciates what he has but feels there is something missing in his life that he may find on the trail.

A Walk in the Woods is basically that. It has the feel of a road movie (a foot movie sounds weird) but at a pensioners pace. That’s not to say the pacing of the movie is far too slow, in fact Director Ken Kwapis does a magnificent job in this instance. There is a mixed tone throughout the film from comedy, nostalgia, friendship and adventure and writers Michael Arndt and Bill Holderman should be commended for the screenplay as the script is witty, clever and interesting from start to finish.

I reviewed another Robert Redford movie last week (The Discovery) which coincidentally also starred Mary Steenburgen who again has a minor role in A Walk in the Woods. I previously mentioned this latest splurge of Redford film that have been released over the past few years and again this new wave of movies he is starring in is showing that even in his 70’s he is still managing to captivate audiences and doesn’t appear to have lost his razor sharp wit (especially shown in the camping shot, when he is purchasing his equipment for the hike) Redford carries the film and although not a flat out comedic actor manages to keep up with Nick Nolte who is also in his 70’s.

As I previously mentioned Nick Nolte manages to add a loud humour to the film and his character is needed to not only serve the story but to create a chemistry with the Bill character in all ranges of emotions and situations they find themselves in. Nolte has been a respective actor for many years now and really gels with Redford in this movie.

When I discovered Emma Thompson was appearing in A Walk in the Woods, I was surprised with how little screen time she is given. Catherine is seen at the beginning of the movie to serve as emotional baggage basically to Bill in trying to stop him from taking on this hike and we don’t see her again until the last few moments of the movie to welcome Bill home. I assumed by recruiting Thompson as the wife we may have seen a few moments back and forth from her character perhaps on a mobile phone to her husband, but no, once we are out in the woods, we are out in the woods away from civilisation. Perhaps this was intentional on Kwapis’ part to isolate us with the two main characters.

Another small role but important at the right moment came from Kristen Schaal who portrays Mary Ellen, the opinionated backpacker who offers advise (when no one asks for it) on good value camping equipment and no matter what you purchased, she wouldn’t have. Schaal is perfect in the role of the annoying adventurer and to be fair to Bill and Stephen. You would abandon her in the woods too.

Director Ken Kwapis manages to engross the audience with a great script and a beautifully shot movie. He appears to be proud of the scenic wilderness between Georgia to Maine where the The Appalachian Trail runs and most of the movie was shot between North Carolina and Virginia . Every shot is stunning and you really take in the surroundings and appreciate what he is doing here. I can understand why Kwapis was recruited for this project with its tone of humour having directed episodes of The Larry Sanders Show, The Bernie Mac Show and The Office (US) I liked the humour in this film and a lot of the one liners made me laugh.

I enjoyed this movie, it was funny, emotional, and to some extent you can relate to these characters. I got what I expected from the movie, which was brilliantly written and with Arndt on board I knew this would be one of those movies where you actually look forward to the dialogue. I would recommend watching this movie if you haven’t already done so. On another note or in this case a little bit of trivia. Redford had his eye on this movie for a long time and wanted to reunite with Paul Newman with the later portraying Kats. Unfortunately Newman was battling cancer at the time and was too ill to accomplish this.