THE PLOT THUS FAR
A divorced couple scheme to recover the retirement money that was stolen from them.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Love Punch” is a film about how sleazy French investors can bring together even the most damaged couples. Kate and Richard are successful, charming and they’re both left without a legal option to fight off the man that wrecked their finances. The movie quickly slips into “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” territory, but neither of the leads has the mean spirited chops to make it work. If anything, this is a light and frothy relationship comedy that belongs to the real of Rock Hudson and Doris Day. But, I don’t want to overlook the heist aspect of the film. I just don’t feel like giving it much thought…just like the movie.
Brosnan and Thompson are at the top of their game in the older age. I still find it a crying shame that Thompson wasn’t nominated for her portrayal of P.L. Travers in “Saving Mr. Banks”. But, Thompson carries on with productions like this that show how powerful she has become as a great dame. There are few actresses whose presence elevates all material that she touches. Thompson is one and I could only extend the same favor to Helen Mirren, Viola Davis and Amy Adams. Pierce Brosnan is an interesting character to watch, as he dials back the extravagance of his past to play a Hoskins like schlub. While his looks might not make that believable, it’s interesting to see Brosnan stretch before he falls back into the comforts of something like “The November Man”.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for a quiet drama. That being said, the Dolby track often lead to dialogue getting stepped on during crowded scenes. The transfer is sharp enough for standard definition. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to older viewers.
RELEASE DATE: 08/26/2014