Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Nov 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A recently widowed writer must find a way to get on with his life while still seeking the bliss that he experienced during his marriage.
My Take on it – I have been trying to track this film down for quite some time and I’m glad that I finally got the opportunity to see what it was all about.
Being in a ‘chapter two’ marriage myself, I was able to relate so much to many of the issues and feelings discussed here which helped me feel such a connection tio what they are trying to say here.
Niel Simon is an amazing writer and is able to once again give us some great characters that we can care so much about.
The fact that this story is quite semi-autobiographical of Simon’s life helps make the situations and issues discussed feel even more genuine and realistic.
The characters are fun to ‘follow’ in order to understand what kind of ‘baggage’ they each have.
James Caan and Marsha Mason have nice chemistry together but I wouldn’t necessarily classify them as a couple with perfect connection despite them not being perfect together.
The issues brought up by this film are great ones to explore and it gave me personally so much to ponder following my viewing of this film.
Bottom Line – Simon once again is able to create some great characters that are quite enjoyable to watch. The fact that the story is semi-autobiographical helps make the situations work quite well. Caan and Mason are pretty good together despite not having the perfect kind of chemistry for a story like this. The issues that this film brings up are quite familiar to me personally and that added connection made the film even more interesting to follow. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Neil Simon once said of his play “Chapter Two” in “The Play Goes On” (1999): “Before I could write the play Chapter Two…I felt I had to go to Marsha to get her consent…If this was too personal to go public with, despite the fact that I would try to give the characters their own personalities separate from ours, I would still have to adhere to her wishes. When I finally asked her, she said, ‘It’s fine with me because what you’d be telling is your story, not mine. You’d write about what was going on in your head and could only presume what was happening to me. If I want to tell my story, maybe I’ll put it in my own book one day.’ I was enormously grateful for her consent and encouragement, and although I knew I’d made no promises to her, I would have to treat the story as truthfully as I could.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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