Friday, July 25, 2014
Walking into the movie theatre to see "And So It Goes" directed by Rob Reiner, starring Michael Douglas as a widower, who no one likes, and Diane Keaton as a widow wanting to have a career as a lounge singer, who irritate each other, is all you have to know about the story of the movie.
You see the jokes coming yet smile and you know Reiner is going to manipulate your tears which will flow and there isn't any surprise about the ending because the movie is what you expect and what you want.
"And So It Goes" is the antithesis of the 20+ sequels and remakes with robots, car crashes, apes, vampires, bomb burstings, fights, special effects, etc.
Douglas and Keaton play roles they can do in their sleep but keep it fresh while Sterling Jerins, as the granddaughter Douglas didn't know he had and Frances Sternhagen represnting the 'old' generation as Douglas's work partner add to the screen whenever they appear.
Austin Lysy, as Jerin's father, and Andy Karl as another of Douglas's co-workers, in under-witten roles do better than their roles deserve.
The screenwriter, Mark Andrus, and director Rob Reiner bring to the screen what their audience wants but I am still trying to figure out what the 12 executive producers did!