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Rental Review: Last Chance Harvey

August 29, 2009

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One of the loveliest films I have seen this year, Last Chance Harvey takes a look at that point in middle age when it is as if the rat race begins to pass you by. Life  shifts into a different gear and the younger up and coming crowd begins to take over. But there’s still those last chances at new beginnings.

Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman) is having one of those moments. Before flying to London for his daughter’s wedding, he finds out a younger employee at his office will likely be taking over his music jingles, a job that has lost some of its spark over the years. Divorced, there appears to be a disconnect between he and his daughter, along with everyone else, in the wedding party. Shine finds himself alone at the hotel when the rest of the family, including his daughter’s step father, have rented a house together.

But before he can even get to the hotel, he brushes aside a survey taker at the airport, a woman (Emma Thompson) that he later runs into at a bar as he attempts to flee. There is something lovely about chance encounters that no matter how many movies have them, they just always work.

Both Hoffman and Thompson have a way of capturing you, making you forget the actor and really believing in the character. Both are wary of trying again as both have had past experiences that tell them that love doesn’t always pay off. Yet, they can’t deny the strange fit, a sort of chemistry the two have as soon as they begin to talk. The film has a bit of nostalgia for the old romantic films, the greats of the 50s that leave you with a smile on your face. Last Chance Harvey is definitely worth a rental if not one to be added to your collection.

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  1. August 30, 2009 1:25 pm

    Great site, I now have you bookmarked to come back again.

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