Dog Years -the review

Firstly, I am in this movie. This is me–best costume ever:    VicMom-bestqI went to Nashville with hubby and friends for a mini-vacay to check out music city and catch the film at #NashFilmFest –the movie was great.  Briefly-the plot involved an aged ex-superstar, Vic Edwards,  who is invited to a Nashville film festival featuring a retrospective of Vic’s work and a lifetime achievement award. When Vic shows up, he discovers it is simply a low-rent tiny fan driven “festival” in a bar.  Embarrassed and angry, Vic begins a road trip of belated redemption forcing the festival organizer’s sister Lil to drive him to his old home stomping grounds in Knoxville.   Burt revealed much more internally than any of us expected.  He was the same smart aleck-y handsome man but with gravity, wisdom, and openness.  As previously written by various reviewers, this is very much Burt’s show, and he delivered so much.  I now adore him even more.  The movie had lots of close ups conveying mood.  Nikki Blonsky didn’t have that many lines but with her beautiful, expressive face she conveyed the real dismay of the kids; relatable feelings at odds with her hipster tattoos and barmaid costumes –which just remind us of the heart that people own IRL.  The juxtaposition between the old style way of communicating and interacting and the contemporary, “millennial” method of navigating the social landscape was interesting, revealing.  I was so pleased that Clark Duke’s character Doug actually put together a successful event –just a matter of scale!  (Excellent work Clark.)

Ariel Winter’s Lil was perfecttt.  Because of her psychological issues she was outwardly a wreck with a rat-a-tat delivery but there were always glimpses of the decent person that emerged, and all along Lil had a common-sensical core — that kind of reminded me of my daughter.

It was all very real to me. There is food for thought for all ages. Hipsters are people too.

Great job Adam Rifkin.  😊

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