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Movie Review: Venus

Alternate Title: Death Becomes Him

Story:Director Roger Michell and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi team up once again (The Mother) to bring this delightful film about love, friendship and aging to the screen.

Two elderly former actors now spend the lion's share of their time in one another's company. They reminisce, tease and essentially keep each other alive through their friendship. Into their lives walks a 19 year old who changes everything for these two codgers. Can love find its way into an old heart? Can friendship cross generational boundaries? Is it creepy for a 70 something to be smitten with a 19 year old? Do we all have one last curtain call?

All of these questions are answered in a predictable, yet very entertaining manner. If you like well written films with an extraordinary cast of actors than this small film is for you.

Acting: Peter O'Toole has been nominated for Best Actor seven times (Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, The Lion in Winter, Goodbye, Mr Chips, The Ruling Class, The Stuntman and My Favorite Year) and has never won. He did get an Honorary Oscar a few years back. He is nothing short of fantastic in this film. Those eyes still get to you. Jodie Whittaker is quite good as the young Venus, who grabs his soul. Leslie Phillips as the friend is terrific as is Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Griffiths.

Predilection: I like Peter O'Toole and like Hanif Kureishi's work.

Critters: A cat

Food: Lots of tea and talk of cooking fish

Visual Art: Velazquez' painting of The Toilet of Venus.

Theater Audience: Pretty crowded.

Weather: Surprisingly nice for London.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0 - although some might find the relationship between the two a but squirmy.

Drift Factor: 0

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: I teared up at the end.

Oscar Worthy: Perhaps.

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine. For some of Hanif Kureishi's other work you could rent: The Mother, My Son the Fanatic, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and My Beautiful Laundrette.

Length: 90 minutes