Flash Movie Review: Youth

It never occurred to me but the two attributes really do sit opposing each other on the scales of justice. On one side sits youth, ah youth the golden period where one feels invincible, has less fears, can survive on little sleep and has an indestructible skin that quickly removes any cuts or bruises. Settled on the other side is wisdom; now this one can be a bit elusive for some folk. Wisdom has a better understanding of one’s emotions; years of experience has ripened wisdom, allowing a majority of one’s decisions to become rational. I am sure like me you have heard a variety of ways people talk about aging, such as “youth is wasted on the young” or “growing old is not for the weak.” In my younger years I laughed at these outlooks, now I understand. Getting together with friends and family now includes conversations about medical issues. We compare drug prices or what new drugs we are taking, how many times we get up in the middle of the night, our new physical limitations; all such things are becoming constant companions to us. I am not saying I am smart by any means, but with the wisdom I have gained in my life I sure wish I still had a youthful body holding it. Not that I want to sit and wish I were younger, but it would be nice to have youth and wisdom share more time together instead of a fleeting moment as the scales of justice pass each other while slowly traveling to opposite sides.    LIFETIME friends Fred and Mick, played by Michael Caine (Harry Brown, Inception) and Harvey Keitel (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Piano), spend every year at their favorite resort in the Swiss Alps. While Fred is a retired conductor and Mick is always working on a new screenplay, the two friends were never too old to learn something new. This film festival winning drama had a wise cast of actors. Including Rachel Weisz (Oz the Great and Powerful, The Fountain) as Lena Ballinger and Jane Fonda (Nine to Five, Georgia Rule) as Brenda Morel, the acting was terrific in this pretty looking movie. Some of the outdoor scenes were breathtaking, where I wanted to go visit the place. Luckily this was a big plus for me because I did not care for the script. I not only found myself getting bored during several scenes, but some parts of the story seemed out of place to me. The story did not flow, it staggered along. I certainly appreciated the concept and idea of aging friends, but I was not feeling any deep connection between the characters. I have to tell you I was conflicted here. The wonderful acting, scenery and story sounded great but together it did not work. I have seen enough movies in my life to know the difference between an entertaining one or not and this one did not make it for me.


2 3/4 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 18, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I guess I can understand why aging actors go on these sentimental journeys. I enjoyed the two Best Marigold Hotel movies despite this cliche, but this genre is usually trite and sentimental.

  2. I’ve read too that this film is similar to The best exotic Marigold Hotel. Since I love the latter, I must see Youth. Moreover, they say that The great beauty is a masterpiece. So, I should see the two.

  3. The trailer is truly catchy and inviting…

    It’s always good to have an expectation level set, by reading your views, before venturing 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  4. I think I’d see it based on the actors and scenery you’ve described.

  5. Thanks. Think I will just stay home again and eat popcorn.

  6. I really adored Rachel in Agora, and The Fountain(my favorite movie),but she has not been cast in anything exceptional since. I think with the right script and supporting cast she can be exceptional. There’s just too much competition for the number of roles.
    Michael Caine keeps getting better with age, as I mentioned in another comment, pretty soon these actors will be gone. The last twenty years, Caine has really proven himself, even though he has been giving great performances since the 60’s.

    • Again you are right; I look at the current actors and am hard pressed to pick ones that may match the cream of the crop from the past eras. Thanks so much for your observations.

      • Don’t get me wrong though there are still some good actors out there.It’s just that when you grow up, you get nostalgic for the ones that were there when you were younger. I have always liked movies, watched the ones from the 30’s and on. I used to really like the old timers, but my tastes have changed, as I have grown

      • For me the older actors had a certain mystique. They defined Hollywood and glamour. Thanks for the comments.

      • I feel the same way, maybe because I am older than average movie goes, but most of the actors I liked when I was a kid, most people wouldn’t even know now, like Ronald Colman, Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper and Robert Mitchum to name a few.

      • So right and a great list of actors here my new movie friend.

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