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'A Slow Burning Delight'
on 26 April 2015
My initial interest in this film was down to the fact that, due to its title, I thought it was going to be a re-make of the film Marilyn Monroe was working on at the time she died. In fact, this film has nothing to do with that comedy but I'm glad to have watched it nevertheless.
In honesty, I am not usually a huge fan of Jack Nicholson. Bar his impressive performance in 'The Shining' I've not really 'bought into' most of the characters I've seen him portray. NO-ONE in my opinion will ever better Cesar Romero as 'The Joker' and I guess a lot of Jack's other films are just not my style.
Here though, as aging Playboy, Harry Sanborn all the things that usually annoy me about Jack seem perfect for the role! In spite of his age, his charisma, money and persona make Harry a believable 'older guy who can pull young beautiful ladies' and so straight away the whole plot of the film makes sense.
In many ways I would not call the film a 'laugh out loud' kind of comedy. A lot of the humour is also tinged with emotion and so you find yourself smiling a lot at how poignant and true to life the situations Harry and his ladies find themselves in rather than bursting your britches with laughter.
Diane Keaton is also great as the brilliant but lonely playwright, Erica Barry and the feelings that gradually develop between her and Harry are so well played here that you'd swear Diane and Jack rushed off to get wed the day after filming stopped!
I wasn't quite so convinced about the realism of Erica's other potential suitor in the film, the VERY dishy young Doctor played by Keanu Reeves but that slight quibble aside her affair with the good Doctor did add a poignant twist to the plot.
I don't really want to say much more because any more I give away will undoubtedly spoil things for you. So, all I will say is that, if you like two-hour movies that are easy on the eye, gentle, romantic and funny, you should buy 'Something's Gotta Give' and spend an evening alone (or with that someone special) in its company...
With some interesting extras (including two different commentaries) this DVD also provides good value for money.
Well done Jack!