Is it too late to harsh on a movie (Random Hearts) that came out last millennium, that mostly got panned back when it came out?
Yeah, probably. And in all fairness, I can't justifiably harsh on a movie that I SAT THROUGH FROM BEGINNING TO END, even with the added disincentive of commercial interruptions every ten minutes on the ten minutes.
(And no wonder all the ads were for old-people-medical conditions: apart from a few slightly crazed night owls like your humble blogger, it's easy to imagine how the audience for this movie -- a non-hit, interruptedly presented as it was, more than a decade after release, on basic cable (remember when your monthly fee was promised to mean "no commercials?" No? Maybe I am getting old.) -- was expected, on average, to have been eligible to vote for Hoover.)
For one thing, it takes a fair amount of something to get me to sit through a Harrison Ford movie
There has never been a good Harrison Ford movie.
What about ...
No. There may have been good movies that have
also happened to have had Harrison Ford in them.
Not the same thing.
and in this case, it was Kristin Scott Thomas.
I was quite taken with her looks. Ambiguously, to start. She is skinnier than I prefer
Unusual for a Hollywood actress, that.
and her style in this movie (aggravated, doubtless, by her being cast as a Republican member of Congress) made me think, again to start, as nothing so much as an elegant version of Dana Perino.
But she was quite compelling. And became ever more so as the movie went on. Even playing the now-comically implausible role of a Republican with brains and a heart.
So, anyway, it was something worth sitting through, evidently, at least for me in those hours. And after it was over, thinking "where have I see her before?," I Googled her.
Turns out I have not seen any of the movies for which she is best known, but there was a bit, at the end of her Wikipedia entry, that made for a sad laugh.
In case you haven't seen this movie, allow me to observe that among its good points, it took a decently nuanced look at adultery (from the point of view of the non-cheating spouses (and do we pretend that cuckold is gender-neutral these days?)), and presented a fairly strong condemnation of the hyper-attention paid to the minutiae of politicians' personal lives, in no small part as their children get dragged in. There were several moments where it was observed that the complications of her character's personal life would be of no interest to anyone, if she were anything other than a politician.
... Scott Thomas is divorced from French gynaecologist François Olivennes, with whom she has three children: Hannah (born in 1988), Joseph (1991), and George (2000). They had been together for 18 years.
The separation was reportedly precipitated by her romantic involvement with English actor Tobias Menzies, whom she met while appearing in Chekhov's play Three Sisters in London's West End.
In the sense that this information does not destroy her career, okay. But I cannot think she is exactly thrilled that it is out there, nor that she dismisses it as mere gossip.
Anyway, I can't in good conscience recommend this movie. I think Harrison Ford is one of those actors who make
some people me think "why am I having to fill in all of the lines for this guy?" while others, maybe, think that he is being all subdued and subtexty or some shit, but even apart from that, it's the kind of movie where you get to the end and wonder what made you stick it out. Besides Kristin Scott Thomas, I mean.