'The Etruscan Smile' [Blu-ray]
(Brian Cox, Thora Birch, Tim Matheson, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (2018) 2020 / Lightyear Entertainment)
Overview: Brian Cox (Golden Globe Winner for HBO's Succession) is Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island for San Francisco to seek medical treatment.
Moving in with his estranged son, Rory's life will be unexpectedly transformed through a newly found love for his baby grandson.
Blu-ray Verdict: With a feature-film directorial debut by Oscar-nominated Israeli short film makers Oded Binnum and Mihal Brezis and starring Brian Cox, Rosanna Arquette, Thora Birch, JJ Field, Peter Coyote, Tim Matheson and Treat Williams, you know from the off you are in for something really special.
'The Etruscan Smile' is a heart-warming comedic drama about generational divide, father-son reconciliation and late-in-life romance, flavored with Gaelic culture.
Brian Cox as a gruff, but vulnerable (and dying) Scotsman elevates this beautifully photographed and quietly touching film, with an oh-so highly talented supporting cast.
The director and his cast overcome some obvious screenplay flaws and inconsistencies most likely inherited from the book, originally set in Italy.
That aside, the film induces smiles, laughter, tears and contemplation of things that really matter.
Personally, I really enjoyed this film. Sure there are plot-holes, but if you let yourself be swept away by it, this film will leave you smiling and feeling good; and isn't that just what a good romantic dramedy is supposed to do?
So, if you get hung up on the shade of the lead actors hair or why he decided to go to San Francisco instead of relying on the local vet you, for sure, will not enjoy this.
On the other hand, if you decide to enjoy it, this movie will make you laugh, cry, feel good and, interestingly enough, ready to die with a smile on your face too!
In closing, the take-away is the importance of family and for us to express and share our love while we still have the chance. Again, what more could you ever hope for from such a wondrous film as this. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.