The Last Word (2017)

“You don’t make mistakes. Mistakes make you. Mistakes make you smarter. They make you stronger, and they make you more self-reliant. ” – Harriet

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Jun 2018)

Brief Synopsis –  An elderly woman who was a pioneer in her field wants to have her obituary written before she dies in order to make sure that it tells the truth about her life.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and had no clue what it was about.

My wife and I thought it was something that we saw a preview for last year, but it turns out that was another film altogether.

Regardless, we both really enjoyed it largely due to the combination of Shorley MacClaine and Amanda Seyfried.

The two of them manage to create a great balance between their characters personalities that helps them both evolve over the course of the film.

The personalities of these kind of characters are pretty much stereotypical yet the choice to present this film in the way that they do helps because it makes things feel more believable despite a few strange contrivances along the way.

There are very few surprises in the path that this story takes because it’s quite easy to guess what will happen as things begin to unfold.

The fact tho that the performances are so enjoyable to watch helps keep it interesting.

MacCaline was 83 when this film was made and she is able to prove here that she still has what it takes to take a very unlikable character and find a way to endear her to the audience through her performance.

Bottom Line – Enjoyable film because the combination of MacClaine and Seyfried works quite well. The basic personalities of the characters are nothing new but the way that the story is told comes across as being believable despite some very far fetched contrivances. This isn’t a film filled with many surprises but that doesn’t matter because the performances make it worth while watching even if you can guess what will happen because it follows a usual playbook for these kind of stories.  Even at 83, MacClaine shows that she still has what it takes to make a very unlikable character, enjoyable to watch for nearly two hours. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Veteran British actress Millicent Martin enjoys a quick cameo as a “Margaret Dumont”. This was surely slipped in as a sly tribute to the legendary character actress Margaret Dumont by the film’s star, Shirley MacLaine, who’d appeared with her in What a Way to Go! (1964). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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