Nat thought – the phenomenal cast of ageing actors try their best to rescue a so-so film from blandness. They almost succeed.
I wish Shia LaBeouf wasn’t in this film. I usually steer clear of anything he’s in, because trying to understand him mumbling turns me into a geriatric who’s forgotten to turn their hearing aid on. “What did he say?” “What’s that?” “Huh?” Someone really needs to teach him to open his mouth a little more when he speaks. But at least he was a bit more sedated here and barred from his usual “No no no no no!” method of acting.
But moving along… I watched this for Robert Redford. He’s one of those few people where you can be fairly certain a film won’t be utter crap if he’s in it. These days he only acts every few years, but when he does we get films like Lions for Lambs, Up Close and Personal, the underated An Unfinished Life, Spy Game, A River Runs Through It… The Horse Whisperer, if you like that sort of thing. Adding to the appeal was the fact that good old Bob directed this one as well.
I don’t know what it is about Robert Redford, but somewhere back in the 90’s he seemed to age overnight and his face suddenly looked like it had been soaking in the bath for about a year and a half.
This is him in the late 80’s in Legal Eagles (one of his few duds by the way).
Then this is him in ’92 in Sneakers
Somebody hand the man some Nivea.
But weirdly, he has stayed looking like this ever since. It’s like time forwarded him to the wrinkles of an 80 year old when he was in his 50’s and then froze. He doesn’t seem to have gotten any older in 20 years, save for some grey hair. Or maybe producing and directing most of your films just means you’re looked after by the lighting and cinematography guys. That friendship though doesn’t seem to have dividends when it comes to someone pointing out that your running style needs a little work. Seriously Robert – what’s with the hands? Although, at 76, I should be applauding you for being able to run at all. Continue reading