I was expecting to see a lighthearted comedy. This movie did have a few good laughs. But the overall story had a very dark-depressing theme. I’m not saying it wasn’t good. But it wasn’t the lighthearted comedy I was expecting.
My only complaint is Bill Murray’s acting. He should have been the star, but he kind of flopped the scenes where he was supposed to be all serious. First, I hated the New York accent they made him speak with. You could tell it was fake. He sounded like someone who was talking like that because he wanted to make fun of New Yorkers. For some reason every time his accent got thicker, it would roughly jar me from the movie.
Then he has a stroke. And I get that he’s supposed to have trouble speaking afterwards. And they were trying to make light of it. But he came off as faking it. Like, for a while I wondered if he was really having problems or just milking it. In the end, yes, he really did have problems. But the way he performed the role, it didn’t come off that way… because you could tell he was… get this, ACTING.
Everyone else in the movie performed superbly, even minor characters were amazingly fleshed out. I would recommend it. And although darker than what I expected, the plot will pull at your heartstrings. If I had to compare it to another movie, it would be a lighter version of Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.