Friday, December 11, 2015

Youth Movie Review

Michael Caine stars in Youth

Falling to Pieces?

Rotten Tomatoes PlotYouth is about two longtime friends vacationing in the Swiss Alps. Oscar winning actor Michael Caine plays Fred, an acclaimed composer and conductor, who brings along his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and best friend Mick (Harvey Keitel), a renowned filmmaker. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. The two men reflect on their past, each finding that some of the most important experiences can come later in life. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Fred argues, "I'm just an old man with prejudice." Old man, my a@#! Caine delivers one of his best performances ever in Youth, an endearing cross between The Grand Budapest Hotel and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with a touch of 2001: A Space Odyssey tossed in for good measure. It's gorgeous to look at (Luca Bigazzi's cinematography) funny and irreverent (pissing contest) and interesting to no end; and depicts/embraces getting old, better than almost every film before it. Surefire Teacher's Pet noms for Caine & Sorrentino, and (maybe) Best Film. A must-see for everyone, young and old.