Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Mar 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A writer is approached by his childhood Rabbi in order to write a eulogy.
My Take on it – Growing up in the 80’s in Detroit, I knew about Mitch Albom as a sportswriter and when he branched out to bestselling author, I tried following his path.
He has written some great stories about his own past and also fictional ones about faith in the world and in other realms.
This is one that I had actually never heard about and came across the title by accident while browsing the site of a SG Liput’s Rhyme and Reason.
I have always been amazed as to how many great true life encounters that Albom has had that he can talk about.
This is a story about faith and how our lives take paths that we never could have expected to places we never dreamed of.
This film has a great cast with Bradley Whitford doing a wonderful job taking Hank Azaria’s place as the author himself.
Martin landau is wondrous as Albom’s childhood mentor who continues to give off wisdom in his old age.
I really liked Laurence Fishburne in this film but his performance of his character works much better in the “present” but in the scenes featuring the “past”, he comes off as seeming quite comical in the role.
This is such a moving and inspirational film that I know plan to seek out the book in order to see how they compare.
Bottom Line – Another great story by Albom. It’s amazing how he has so many great true life stories to write about. This film says so much about faith and how our lives take us places we never expected. Great cast with Whitford taking over Azaria’s role quite well. Landau is wondrous in the role of the mentor. Fishburne is great in the “present”, but his role seems too comical played by him for the parts that take place in the ‘past’. Such a moving film, I’m now quite interested in reading the book this is based on. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Hank Azaria was offered the chance to reprise the role of Mitch from Tuesdays with Morrie (1999). But he had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with Free Agents (2011). (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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