THE PLOT THUS FAR
A pair of former brothers-in-law embark on a road trip through Iceland.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Land Ho” is a film about old men hitting the road to be themselves. What I find funny is that the number of people bashing the film for being about nothing, turn around and give the similar themed “Boyhood” standing ovations. What is it about aging that makes people so fearful and angry? The audience should be celebrating the chance that these friends are getting to find themselves and try to connect to others that they would normally not meet. The one guy tries to give a young married couple advice and the trio’s standoff makes so much sense in the context of the film. The couple has better things to do, while the old man wants to find a way to make some one’s life better.
Icelandic cinema is almost non existent. But, I’m not sure if this qualifies. More than anything, it’s a film that uses the beauty of Iceland to sell the story of a friendship in its Golden Years. Much of what we see the old men do is awkward, but their long lives have afforded them that opportunity. Who cares about social graces when you’re making your will? You’re going to be dead soon and this world is a young man’s problem. More than anything, your olden years are about making peace with your past and trying to find a way to squeeze in those last few milestones. Enjoy the victory lap, as it means just as much as your formative years.
The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD copy, deleted scenes, commentary and a featurette as the special features. The A/V Quality is impressive for an indie feature. The 1080p transfer works with what it has. Plus, the DTS-HD 5.1 track kicks in where needed. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 11/04/2014