“Youth” is a healthy mediation on old age and reflection. Right now, half of the readers checked out. That’s perfectly fine, as not everything is meant for everyone. When I first saw this film in December, I was a little underwhelmed. It’s only after two or three home viewings that I started to pick up what Caine and Sorrentino were laying down. Old age doesn’t have to be about fear of missing out.
Harvey Keitel and Michael Caine’s relationship is the key to the film. Forget about the stellar turns from Rachel Weisz or Jane Fonda. They’re great, but they’re strictly B plot. Listening to the old buddies talk, Keitel and Caine reveal more about themselves than the film directly shares. They know the end is near, the best days are behind them and everything is holding on by a thread. However, they can still feel that connection to what made them special.
As Caine gets teased with the idea of staging a new concert for the Queen’s husband, it aggravates all that nags within him. Keitel doesn’t get as much promise, as he has to deal with a life that he pretty much sullied. But, which is worse? Continuing the downward decline or having the promise of being better? Even if it might utterly temporary. Stellar work all-around and well deserving of a second viewing.
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 2.39:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 7.1 master audio track