Friday, August 29, 2008
Are the Leaves Starting to Turn?
One good thing about the dwindling days of summer: serious movies return to the theaters.
I love summer adventure flicks as much as any moviegoer, but I really enjoy the thoughtful movies normally released in the fall in the run-up to the Oscars.
A case in point is the movie I saw last night, "Elegy." What a terrific cast: Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruz, Dennis Hopper, Peter Sarsgaard and Deborah Harry!
Kingsley plays a college professor who falls in love with one of his students, Penelope Cruz. So it starts a little icky, but the movie grows to tell a touching story about aging, loving, father-son relationships, friendships between men and lots of other adult issues. All without a single car chase.
I had to turn to the dictionary to understand the title. Elegy: a pensive or reflective poem that is usually nostalgic or melancholy. Aha!