THE PLOT THUS FAR
“Elsa & Fred” is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love and make dreams come true.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Elsa & Fred” is a fun tale about two elderly people finding love. The woman has a Fellini obsession, while the guy is Christopher Plummer. Their kids get involved, but ultimately it’s a story about finding romantic purpose so close to the end of one’s life. If you ever wanted to see what becomes of Manic Pixie Dream Girls in their golden years, then this one is for you. Everyone else will run for the hills, as online hipster scum seems to be above that now. What’s so wrong about a wonderful woman that wants to fulfill a role in a fictional fantasy? Do you think that every woman who sees it is going to run out and become a blend of Natalie Portman in “Garden State” and Kirsten Dunst in “Elizabethtown”?
The influence of Fellini is so minute that I’m not sure if it was even worth keeping in the film. It would be like if I starred in a romantic comedy that wanted to focus on a brief mention of “Harold & Maude”. That’s not a compelling story, it’s a trivial tidbit. That nagging sense of priority weighs over the film like a shroud. So much of the plot hinges on MacLaine wanting to recreate a moment from 50 years ago. The time has passed and nothing really adds up to much. It’s just nice to see how two people found each other. That still matters, right?
The Blu-Ray comes with a making-of featurette as the sole special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp. You get a stunning 1080p transfer. Plus, the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track supports the dialogue. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 12/30/2014