OUR SOULS AT NIGHT (Theater Release USA 2017)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

Our Souls at Night, when critiqued strictly on acting and portrayal, performs at a high level of competence due to the two lead performers’—Robert Redford and Jane Fonda—acting abilities. However, when examining the premise upon which the story unfolds, much discussion can be raised about the value of the storyline itself. While the overall story flows smoothly and ends happily, questions arise over the story’s basic premise and the movie thereby becomes a great 'after movie discussion' film. For example, does the choice of the two main actors promote moral behavior? Does it help to establish clean thinking within the community at large? Do personal image and moral reputation matter? Does a contractual marriage arrangement have value in advanced age groups? Does placing two seasoned persons in close proximity and in a setting conducive to sexual contact, without the benefit of marriage, matter? Is this a viable solution to loneliness in advanced age? Are seasoned citizens beyond responsibility to set moral example to younger generations? Depending upon the audiences’ viewpoints and answers to any one of these questions, the movie will ultimately be rated as a winning piece of entertainment or as a distorted rationalization of adult choices. At the least, the movie plants a seed in the audience mind. One question is: What is the desired fruitage from this planted seed?

Storyline

Widow (Jane Fonda) asks widower (Robert Redford) to help combat loneliness by establishing a long-term platonic ‘sleep over’ relationship.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Ritesh Batra for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Pauline Fischer and Ben Ormand for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Holly (Judy Greer), Addie Moore (Jane Fonda), Louis Waters (Robert Redford), Jamie (Iain Armitage), Dorlan (Bruce Dern), Gene (Matthias Schoenaerts), Ruth (Phyllis Somerville), Actress (Leana Lewis), Realtor (Audrey Walters), Café Teenager (Hawley Penfold), and Actor (Michael Love Toliver). 

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It is an interesting mature adult romance, but not Ben Meyers’ first pick for a love/friendship story.

Ben Meyers 

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