Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, James Brolin, Kathy Baker, Eileen Atkins, Richard Schiff, Liane Balaban
A struggling New York jingle writer (Dustin Hoffman) and a lonely British bureaucrat (Emma Thompson) meet by chane in London and transform one another's lives.
This is a story that has been told over and over in Hollywood and there is no hiding what happens during the film but there never is in a film such as this now is there? So the most important thing for a movie like this is to be entertainment and some what meaningful along the way and Last Chance Harvey does that and more mostly thanks to it's wonderful cast. I know that among movie-goers anyway Dustin Hoffman can be a little tough to watch because most think he over-acts a lot in his movies but I for one have always enjoyed him and I felt he was great playing a unlikely romantic here. In the film Dustin Hoffman ventures to London for his daughter's wedding, cross-cutting with British Emma Thompson struggling with a possessive mother, a routine job and she like her counter part is alone as far as any love interests goes. The acting and chemistry between Emma and Dustin is so good it seems like a walk through the park for these veterans. The film itself has in flaws there is no doubt but for the genre it is no worse than most like it, in fact the script on its own is better than a lot of the films released like this. But the main attraction here is our two main leads what they bring to film cannot be measured in anything other then experience. It is a delight to see these two characters who are very different form a close relationship the way they do. If you like a good drama/romance even if it is predictable then you should have no problems liking this because in a film like this it isn't the end result that counts but the journey getting there and watching Dustin and Emma on-screen is like seeing movie magic and that itself makes this a film worth picking up today. Speaking of the ending, I do think it wasn't you typical Hollywood feel good ending but rather it has a more realistic ending which I felt made the film that much better. The DVD comes with bonus features that include:
Dolby Digital - English
Additional Release Material:
Behind the Scenes
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment. **** Out Of *****