Last Chance Harvey (12A)
Friday 05 June 2009
In this autumnal romance Dustin Hoffman plays a disappointed musician (he writes jingles for a living) who flies to London for the wedding of his only daughter.
Estranged from the nuptial celebrations he returns to Heathrow, bumps into Emma Thompson, who is herself a kind of Anita Brookner singleton still in thrall to her mother. We are asked to believe that a day is all it takes for these two to bond, fall in love and make major life changes – but the jury remains sceptical, despite serviceable performances. Both are about one notch off in their impersonation of "ordinary" people – it reminded me of Streep and De Niro in Falling in Love. Nothing offensive about it, apart from its sense of London geography.
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