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"Our Souls at Night" - the movie



A few days ago I watched the movie made from Kent Haruf's movie, "Our Souls at Night." Haruf is a decent writer and I liked the book, though the ending was really unsatisfying, but they were his characters which gives him the right to do with them as he pleases.

Robert Redford and Jane Fonda are paired as a couple of neighbors about my own age, 70ish. In reality, both of them are 80 or older, but they have the benefit of makeup and who knows what in the way of plastics. In spite of all that Redford looked old and his movements as well as his dialogue were stiff. No way I would want to snuggle up to him at night. But, he was never at the top of my list for hot actors anyway. Sean Connery, sure. I'm a sucker for smarmy guys.

Fonda looked older than she does in the Netflix series, "Grace & Frankie". She's still rail thin and looks great in jeans though like most of us who are old has no butt. The jeans lose something when she is viewed from the back. Her acting is better than his, flows well and she slides into the character like a well worn glove.

The characters in the book were easier to engage with than the ones I saw on screen. But, that is usually the case for me, more a reader than a movie buff. As it turned out "Our Souls at Night" became background noise for the sweater I'm knitting. Couldn't get "into" it, maybe I didn't want to. I'm fond of neither growing old nor making sad choices.

I predict we'll see more of these geriatric love stories as writers and movie makers cater to the aging "Boomers". I hope some of them are better than "Our Souls at Night" was for me.

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gracegiver
Oct. 19th, 2017 06:55 pm (UTC)
I tuned into Our Souls at Night last week, having no idea what it was about or who starred in it and was pleasantly surprised to see Fonda and Redford on the TV screen together. I appreciated the story and how it progressed. Yes, Redford shows his age. THANK GOD for that! I weary quickly of older actors and actresses looking stupidly young. When they're not.

I can imagine myself snuggling up to Bob. :)
rosegardenfae
Oct. 19th, 2017 07:22 pm (UTC)
Maybe it would have worked better for me if I hadn't read the book first.

I would also prefer that people look their age, don't know why I was so turned off by Redford, though admittedly he did open up some as the movie progressed. I would rather see Ed Harris in the role of Louis.

Did you watch or read "The Bridges of Madison County?" It was another that I read first and was disappointed in the movie. My friends and I always felt it was miscast.

olbuksings
Oct. 19th, 2017 11:52 pm (UTC)
I think we had agreed previously about the book and, personally, my disaffection was such that I'd not be inclined to give the movie so much as a look, regardless of who was in it. Probably because my joints are not all that have become inflexible in my old age, lol...

Edited at 2017-10-19 11:53 pm (UTC)
just_jenni
Oct. 21st, 2017 03:01 pm (UTC)
Those are two of my all-time favorite actors. I want to see this movie! The last one I saw with Redford was The Great Outdoors and I loved it. It's nice to see them both going strong at their ages!
rosegardenfae
Oct. 22nd, 2017 09:14 pm (UTC)
Would enjoy your thoughts if you ever watch it.
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