591. Ruth & Alex

591-ruth-and-alexBackground info

Title: Ruth & Alex
Director: Richard Loncraine
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 32m

“When Ruth and Alex first moved to Brooklyn, it was the 1970s – years before gentrification, and years before they would realise that they won’t always be physically able to climb several flights of stairs just to get home. Still highly active, yet feeling the undeniable effects of age, the couple opts to put their apartment on the market and over one crazy weekend, they discover that finding a new apartment is not about winding down but starting a whole new adventure!”

Live blog

1:03 – Just questioned what that font was. Think it might be Myriad, to go with Myriad productions?
3:15 – “Light is money.”
5:52 – That is a lot of stairs. I’m with the dog.
7:16 – “9am? Why not 6?” Hehe, Alex is cheeky.
14:45 – I love it when arguments descend into a row over whether it’s an argument or a debate or what.
18:28 – Real estate is scary.
21:12 – I am boggled at the price of veterinary care here!
28:19 – Open house is odd, they’re just sitting in his house watching TV.
35:57 – Taking glasses off someone isn’t usually romantic, it’s totes awkward.
39:50 – “I like to worry, it keeps me calm.”
49:47 – As much as newspapers print house listings, I prefer online for the multiple pictures!
57:50 – So true about the child-proof medicine bottles.
1:09:32 – Lily is utterly exhausting.
1:21:10 – “Getting all worked up over nothing.” Annnnd breathe.
1:26:16 – Days like a rollercoaster ride… and you end up back where you started. Like that.

Conclusions

A quirky little story, we opted to watch this one in search of something relaxing, not a blockbuster and a simple, sweet story. Couldn’t have been more wrong, really, as it turns out the world of New York real estate involves a lot of fast talking, throwing plenty of huge numbers around, and lots of people milling about and making themselves comfortable in other people’s houses!

Although it wasn’t the relaxing film we were looking for, it was still really good. Morgan Freeman was perfect, grumpy but not morose, quiet but full of good intentions. With a terrorist story lingering in the background, there were a few odd juxtapositions, and it was hard to care too much about the dog subplot, but I liked how unique it was.

The flashbacks were done well, adding to the story but not droning on, and the way everything wrapped up was good. Recommended.

Rating: 4/5.

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