Tuesday, 18 October 2016

5 to 7

Americans' infatuation with Paris as a symbol for their ideas about romantic ideals has been noted before. Clearly they feel like there's something amiss for them in that department. 5 to 7 is yet another movie that capitalises on this notion, but in its favour I will note I thought it does so in an ever so charming way.
Anton Yelchin (RIP) stars as a naive single child of demanding Jewish parents that want to see him become a lawyer while he seeks to follow his heart. And, as per romantic American movies' limited set of things that pass as romantic, such as large but otherwise useless pieces of carbon extracted from African mines and sold at ridiculous prices, his heart leads him to writing + an older, married with children, sexy French woman (Bérénice Marlohe). An against all odds affair develops, focused around the woman's desires, including the desire to keep her marriage/kids. In order to accomodate, our hero is limited to interacting with the subject of his affections between 5 to 7, PM.
Yes, we've seen this movie before and everything, but 5 to 7 is still a nice feel good affair (pun intended). It's got that nice seize the day message to it, it plays the Jewish parents card well (albeit to the stereotype's exact specifications), and it's got good actors throughout.
Overall: As we say in Straya, 5 to 7 is noice throughout. 3.5 out of 5 crabs.

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