Review of Another Year (2010)

17 Oct

Another Year (2010) is British drama/comedy film.

Directed and written by Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky, Vera Drake).

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Peter Wight, Oliver Maltman, David Bradley and others.

Yeah, I want to make clear that this isn’t going to be exclusively horror movie review blog, that’s why I started it out with a review of 12 Angry Men (1997), because I knew that soon most of the reviews will be for horror films.

If you’ve been waiting for a movie that’s target audience is almost strictly middle-aged (or older) people, then this movie is for you. Sadly, I don’t fall into that category.

I found watching this movie incredibly boring. This is the kind of movie that gets sent to film festivals and the people there don’t expect to be entertained, because they’re probably film snobs thinking that all movies should be artsy, self-indulgent emotional journeys. I’m not saying this particular movie tries to be these things or that artsy films are never good, but they do have a certain audience. Not surprisingly it was well received by film critics. Outside of film festivals this movie is a perfect thing to watch on the TV, in the evening, by a couple not unlike the one in this movie.

The movie was way too slow-paced, the realization that an hour in, it is still basically exposition and I keep sitting there and wondering if the movie is about a happy couple just having guests over didn’t make me exactly excited for the rest of the film.

However, it does pick up in the second half of it’s 130 minute runtime. It turns into this rather sad portrayal of different types of relationships, which sometimes is uncomfortably awkward, I guess, because life is too. But even when it seems to try to be funny it’s so bittersweet that you don’t feel like laughing about what is going on-screen, but about your own experiences. In a sense that’s not bad.

The actors were ok, these usual British people, Jim Broadbent was good in this solid feeling kind of way. And Lesley Manville was great as a woman who just won’t accept that she’s not in her prime anymore. Also it had David Bradley, best known as Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies. Ruth Sheen looks a bit like a turkey.

My main problem with the film was that it seemed to lack any point, was kind of mean and only did something with just one character, so while I started to enjoy the second half of the film, I found it rather unsatisfying. It left me with no lingering feeling, I probably will never talk to anyone about this film and soon when I’ll hear the title, it won’t be ringing any bells.

Gobble, gobble!

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