Bestseller or bargain bin?
This evening was a preview screening of the new romantic comedy “Book Club” starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson and Alicia Silverstone.
The four leading ladies all attend a book club with each other where they drink wine and moan about their sex lives. One day, one of them brings along a copy of the first 50 Shades Of Grey book, and their lives take a turn and a sexual awakening rouses in their old age. Fonda’s Vivian begins seeing an old flame, Keaton’s Diane (yeah same name in real life) falls for a rich guy she meets on a place (Andy Garcia), Bergan’s Sharon enters the online dating scene, and Steenburgen’s Carol attempts to rouse her husband back into passion.
I was absolutely pleasantly surprised by the whole film. Now, as a 36 year old man, this shouldn’t really appeal to me, and having not seen any trailers, I didn’t really know what to expect. What a treat it was though. Diane, Mary, Jane and Candice are amazing in the main roles. The characters all play off each other really well. There’s moments whilst watching where you start to believe that this could actually be their lives and we are watching some kind of reality TV show starring aged actresses trying to kickstart their career again. It all works really well.
Yes it’s fluffy in places, especially in the final third of the film, but there is so much comedy in there it’s brilliant. Almost all the laughs come from the delivery of the fantastic dialogue, which is credit both to the writer and the stars of the film. All the side characters are perfectly placed too…and it’s nice to see Alicia Silverstone back on the screen (I always did have a thing for her!)
Such a delight of a movie which will be bypassed by a lot of people due to the poster and the premise of the film, but take it from me, it’s very funny and it’s definitely worth a viewing!