Movie Title - "About Schmidt"
Date Viewed - 9/29/10
Ratings - I give this film 4 waterbeds out of 5, and the DH is going with 3.5 waterbeds out of 5
I originally saw this film when it was in theaters, and I remember walking out disappointed. After loving "As Good As It Gets," I was eager for another Jack Nicholson triumph. I think I built it up too much at the time. Upon second viewing, I really see the beauty in it. Nicholson plays the title character, Warren Schmidt, who starts to re-examine his life upon retiring. Hope Davis plays his daughter, Dermot Mulroney is his future son-in-law, and Kathy Bates is Mulroney's mother. Great casting. I don't want to reveal too many plot details, in case someone reading this (and is anyone reading this???) hasn't seen it yet, but after a long journey, Warren feels like his life has amounted to nothing. Yet, in the very last scene of the film, he finds a little bit of meaning...and he cries. I'll admit it, I cried a little, too. It is a touching moment. Nicholson is a consummate actor. DH felt that the film was too long and too depressing, but still said it was good. I think that's why his rating is lower than mine. The pacing of the film, IMHO, is perfect...it sets a Midwestern sort of mood. Oh, and the score is fabulous! I loved it so much the first time around, that I bought the soundtrack. Kudos to Rolfe Kent for his original score and his use of the Satie classical pieces. We split a frozen dinner tonight, and I would say that's rather appropriate, considering Schmidt's future in-laws. The film is more inspiring than that, though. I hope that, after seeing it, people will think about how they can make a difference and find meaning in life.
Up Next? "Airheads"