Written February 18, 2013
this is a must see for any music lovers. The acting is wonderful, and the setting is cute, with a great old English mansion. ending brought tears to my eyes.
Written January 27, 2013
Charming story well acted with great musical scenes. Verging on cliche'ed I felt it went for laughs when drama and poignancy would work. Cast was excellent. Well played. I normal enjoy Billy Connolly but this was not a good part for him. I wished that someone other than. he had been cast. Still a nice movie in spite of that. Pity the ending was rather like Billy Elliot,
The location for the movie was perfect. A stately English Country home and landscape. Made we want to be there.
Written February 11, 2013
This is a beautiful piece--visually, musically, and in terms of the fine acting.The theatre was nearly full, and everyone laughed together. Deep laughs of recognition. I noticed quite a lot of gray hair around me, and perhaps this is a virtuoso piece for people of "a certain age."
The outcome is somewhat predictable--we all know that people get old and frail and eventually die. Less usual is the treatment of the parts of us that live until the end: our love of (in this case) music, and our love for each other.
The inclusion of actual, older musicians was a real treat.
Written July 30, 2014
Great story, actors, scenery, music. Warm and touching - wonderful pix for our times which is a great deal of violence, mayhem and superfluous sex!
Written August 21, 2014
Loved this movie. It so reflects its director's consciousness -- funny, bawdy, a bit over the top, and his love of music --he's a great pianist-- elevates it .