Sunday, April 13 2014, 08:23 AM MDT
Movie Review: Le Week-End
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Roger Michell
Starring: Lindsay Duncan, Jim Broadbent, Jeff Goldblum
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Recommended To: Those looking for a film similar to Before Midnight with an older cast and a British twist.
Synopsis: With passion of their marriage fading Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and Nick (Jim Broadbent), an aged couple, return to Paris, the scene of their honeymoon, in hopes of revitalizing their romance.
Review: Thematically Le Week-End shares much in common with Richard Linklater’s film Before Midnight and Judd Apatow’s This is 40. All three explore once-vibrant relationships that have eroded over time. However, stylistically the films bear little resemblance. Before Midnight is a beguiling indie production, This is 40 is more slick and polished affair (Apatow had more than ten times the budget that Linklater had to work with) and Le Week-End feels somewhere between, both in quality and in aesthetic (This is 40 was lackluster while Before Midnight was one of the best films of 2013). Le Week-End has a wonderful British sense of humor and Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent both offer up wonderful feisty performances that are a perfect mixture of compassion and venom. There’s more bickering than romance, but there’s the sense that, like Shakespeare’s Benedick and Beatrice, the pair couldn’t be happy unless they traded a few barbs every now and again.
-Ryan Michael Painter