Year Released: 2013
Rating: NR My Rating: PG13
Score (out of five stars): 5
Temptation for checking the time: Medium
A very enjoyable film with a wonderful cast, excellent believable story, and a hopeful, pleasant ending.
Margherita Buy carries the film well, and simply represents someone we’ve all encountered at some point in our lives. You know, the person those of us with children feel uncomfortable around, especially if we don’t, in fact, hate our offspring. In the instant where we actually do hate our children, then I guess we’d envy her.
And this is the beauty of A Five Star Life. The issues it treats will be immediately palpable to folks of a certain age.
Regrets, lost opportunities, the wonder of whether or not another path could have made us happier. And does so without taking sides, proclaiming the superiority of one choice over another. I think I liked that the best about this film experience.
An excellent way to spend 85 minutes of one’s, oh so precious, time. I highly recommend it.
These are my film reviews. I am not any more qualified to offer them than anyone else. I just love films and seek out works that are not on the radar, especially foreign language and independent films. Many of my friends consult me for interesting stuff to watch, so, I’ve decided to put them on my blog.
I am constantly on the lookout for films that are entertaining and always with an eye toward how they treat subjects and matters of the human condition. I feature myself a moralist, and am especially drawn to works that bring out emotion and treat heavy subject matter with respect.
I’ve decided, in addition to giving just a number rating, to also give weight to the three basic concepts of the human condition, as described by Plato in his Republic; namely,
The gold, to represent the mind,
The Silver, to represent the heart, and
The bronze, to represent, well, you know, the region below the belt.
I think this is useful in describing films.
Some other things of note:
I’ll give a rating whenever the film has not been, to help give the reader a sense of what to expect.
I’ll rate the films 1-5, five being the top score.
I’ll also rate the film on how memorable it was. My good friend mentioned that, and I agree. He stated that he bases a film or book on how long he thought about it after the experience. Great insight.
Temptation for checking the time is just that. Was the film boring? Did I consult my watch, or the little bar at the bottom of the screen when streaming, to see when the thing would end?
Finally, for the more bronze-ish movies, I’ll let the viewer know how explicit the sex is or how much nudity is involved.
Hope these reviews will be useful.