I’m jaded when it comes to movies. Throughout an entire show, I’m waiting for something to go wrong, or a twist in the plot I never saw coming. A movie can be rolling right along with a feel-good story line, everything is hunky-dory and then- BAM! Someone cheats, dies suddenly or the aliens descend to take over the planet. So, I don’t watch many movies, except for the 8-10 year old boy genre that my kids like.
So, I take great pleasure in sharing the movie review for “Land Ho!”, directed by Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens. It is one of the best “grown-up” movies I have seen in quite a while. Set in picturesque Iceland, former 60 year old brothers-in-law Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) and Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) set off on a journey to explore new frontiers and reconnect to their youth (and each other). Mitch is a loud and unabashedly female-approving older man. Colin is a reserved and soft spoken Australian gentleman who is more interested in a person’s intelligence than her assets. The audience is privy to intimate conversations about aging, marriage, divorce, kids, and of course, women. I felt like I was sitting at the kitchen table with my grandfathers, getting a fly-on-the-wall view of things they would say if I were not around.
I won’t tell you how it ends, but I’ll let you in on a secret, I was smiling the whole time. And giggling and laughing out loud. And sometimes embarrassed to be hearing such intimate thoughts from two older men I had come to love in a grand-daughterly sort of way.
The Icelandic setting is gorgeous- filled with ocean cliffs, geysers, and natural hot springs, I’m ready to purchase a plane ticket. The film is able to relate to audiences from mid-20’s to the golden years with its honest insight and celebration of the two. There is even a dance club scene with glow sticks for the truly young at heart. The film is set to be released August 1, 2014 in major cities and I give it two “Senior List Thumbs” up.