I need to preface this with an admission: I would see Blythe Danner in anything. Like Helen Mirren and Judi Dench, I believe she gets better with age. At a youthful 72, Blythe Danner is at the top of her game.
If you haven’t heard of this film don’t feel bad. The only reason I knew about this film was seeing a couple of previews at the local independent film theater. Previews usually contain the best moments of a film and for some films, previews contain the only interesting moments. Ever been truly disappointed in a film because there wasn’t more than what you say in the two minute coming attractions? In the preview of “I’ll See You in My Dreams” you will know there is a romance involving Sam Elliott and that Blythe Danner has some funny “Golden Girl” type friends, but there’s much more to the story.
The preview deliberately skips over revealing any more about the plot, which was very wise. I’m not going to reveal any more about it either other than it is a story about overcoming loss and taking a chance on opening up your heart for new things. Sorry, that’s revealing very little, but it’s my review.
Okay, I’ll say a little bit more. The film is principally about relationships, forming new ones, trusting old ones, and helping the heart deal with the abrupt closure of others. The film covers familiar ground of the heart, not unlike a Hallmark Channel movie, but with a better cast. Joining Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott are Mary Kay Place, Rhea Perlman and June Squibb as her card group, Martin Starr as her new friend, and Malin Akerman as her daughter. All have impressive acting credits and serve to move the story forward and help you to understand the Blythe Danner character.
This is a quiet film but there are times you’ll laugh out loud and a few that even the strongest will find a tear. You might have a difficult time finding this film because it didn’t get a newsworthy premier or open in 2000 theaters. Thankfully, Nexflix and Redbox will have it available after it completes its theatrical run.