An aging pair of veteran English actors whose success never quite took hold finds their quiet existence suddenly interrupted by the arrival of one of the men's precocious grandnieces in director Roger Michell's affectionate comedy drama. Maurice (Peter O'Toole) and Ian (Leslie Phillips) may still land the occasional paying gig -- Maurice has recently been cast as a corpse in a popular television drama -- but for the most part, their days are spent cataloging their ailments over meals at their favorite café. Though the arrival of Ian's grandniece Jessie doesn't immediately set so well with her curmudgeonly great uncle, Maurice takes an immediate liking to the girl, and makes it a mission to expose the youngster to some of the bustling capitol's best-known sights. As the newly invigorated septuagenarian does his best to teach the wide-eyed youngster a thing or two about life, he soon comes to realize just how little he truly knows about the subject at such a late point in life. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
In the beginning I was put off by the insolence of Jodie Whittaker and the vulgarity of Peter Oâ'Toole, but as the film progressed it all fell wonderfully in place. The acting was brilliant, the story engrossing and I loved it
This film deals with some rich topics and the performances are possibly the best I've seen in years. Aging, lust, youth are all hit squarely in the mid-section in this piece and Peter O'Toole is masterful. Watching O'toole come to grips with his mortality while also acknowledging that he still has a libido at times feels like the moment you realize your parents were lovers as well as husband and wife. An undercurrent of this film is how people use one another for their own gains and watching O'Toole and Phillips tussle over their motivations shows how well written this movie is. The film also gives some insight into what happens in the later years of life particularly for those without children. In some respects that was the most disturbing part of the film.
I would definitely recommend this for people looking for something outside more mainstream films.
There are actors, and then there are actors by God..by God Peter O'Toole can act. Just as near perfect of a performance you can see. The script was so well written. Jodie Whittaker had a dangerous wire to walk playing to O'Toole and she held her own and then some. He was wonderful but she was not to be outshined. The other 'old gents' in the film played by Leslie Phillips and Richard Griffiths made for many of the laughs this movie brought. Vanessa Redgrave has a very small role in this, but she served it up large. This movie made me both laugh and cry. Growing old and facing down one's own mortality would normally make for a dark bleak movie. This was not all bleak however. I found it funny & sad - and sad but funny. Dat's life folks. Wonderful movie. Beautiful! He deserved that Oscar nomination for his role in Venus.