THE LEISURE SEEKER REVIEWED
“The Leisure Seeker” seems like the nicest look at how old people are rotting away in America. Watching an elderly couple ditch their kids in the liberal bastion of Massachusetts for the Florida Keys, the film become a road trip of its times. Sure, they are slowly falling apart at night and in little ways. But, they spend their days looking for new friends at Trump rallies and trying to make sense of their aging lives. All the while, their adult kids wait at home like wounded dogs.
The old couple really wants to see the Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. While they learn new things about each other, they discover how much they love each other. The film is nothing but surprises, but on a personal level. If that sounds boring, then you’re not the target audience for The Leisure Seeker. Let your parents check it out, they’ll appreciate it. After all, you are aging them to death.
Helen Mirren could have done more, though. I’m used to her holding focus, but so much of the movie seems to fall on Donald Sutherland’s shoulders. I really didn’t see that coming.
- 2.39:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1