Starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, Don Johnson, Ed Begley Jr., Richard Dreyfuss, Alicia Silverstone, Katie Aselton
Directed by Bill Holderman
2018 / 104 Minutes / Paramount Pictures
Review by Brent
Anything associated with Fifty Shades of Grey instantly has me cringing and very skeptical of. Nothing good can come out of something associated with that disaster. Even if you’re making fun of it!
After four life long friends read garbage (see Fifty Shades of Grey) for their book club, they begin to take a closer look at their own relationships and lives. I completely understand that I am not the target audience for this movie, but to be honest the target audience deserves a lot more than this. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the premise, but there’s nothing really interesting about it either. The movie ventures off between these four living legends that all get wasted in dull storylines that lack any humour or heart. The most interesting story was that of Candice Bergen’s character. A woman jumping back into the modern dating world using apps. This could have been it’s own movie. It was far more interesting than the typical storylines from each of the other women that we’ve seen before. Also, can we talk about Diane Keaton for a minute… I love her she’s fantastic, however she’s been in way too many movies that are similar. Her character is always the same in all of them. Something’s Gotta Give, Because I Said So, Love the Coopers, The Big Wedding, Hanging Up… I could go on and on. I prefer when Keaton is in movies that are more drama or she gives us something different than that of the typical Diane Keaton in all of her Annie Hall style glory. Movie’s like Marvin’s Room where she actually becomes someone else. Most movies she’s just playing herself, right down to her clothing style. She is a brilliant actress, a legend who deserves better quality scripts and much more than the bland rom coms that she’s been doing way too much of.
The best thing about this movie is the cast. Keaton, Fonda, Bergen and Steenburgen are all brilliant actresses and I loved seeing them all together in a movie, but again they need something better than this. There’s no way they read this script and thought it was great. The supporting male cast is also filled with some remarkable actors who are wasted. We haven’t seen Dryfuss in years and this is how you use him? Waste. This cast has 4 Oscar winners (Fonda, Keaton, Steenburgen, Dryfuss) and 2 nominees (Bergen and Garcia) don’t they all deserve more than this? They’re just older, not dead!
Book Club isn’t a terrible movie, there just isn’t much substance. It’s full of missed opportunities to really utilize the talent that is here. I barely laughed at all, when really this could have been a feature version of The Golden Girls. I’m sure it will entertain many, but I can’t get passed the waste of a movie that it was. I wanted so much more from this.