The Silver Pound is bigger than bit coin in the world of cinema, and Senior Moment is sure to reap in the benefits. Veteran actors William Shatner and Christopher Lloyd show natural chemistry as Victor and Sal, two retirees who get in to trouble, a lot. However, when they challenge a stranger to a drag race, the breaks are pumped on their bad boy antics.
Stripped of his driver’s license, Victor (Shatner) must not only battle with the DMV, he must find new ways to navigate love and life without his beloved vintage Porsche.
Despite looking like a TV movie, Senior Moment is packed with big feature charm and poignancy, knowing who its audience is. The repetitive shots of the palm trees in blocks and pristine houses screams retirement complex, so when love interest Caroline (played by the enigmatic Jean Smart) splashes onto the screen within the setting of her bohemian, colourful cafe.
The great thing this film does, is bring the ‘silver pound’ film up to date, showing that ‘senior’s’ don’t just shuffle around and lament about the good old days. Smart’s character particularly, is constantly questioning Victor about how he doesn’t know about App’s or ‘Uber,’ showing that being senior is a ‘state of mind’.
I did find the soundtrack obvious (there’s a scene where Christopher Lloyd if fixing a cuckoo clock, and ‘rock around the clock’ is playing – obvious) and some of the chromakey was a little dodgy.
Overall, however, a sweet film which holds together well enough. Nothing flashy, nothing so complicated you won’t know what’s going on, just a simple love story that reflects modern times.
Senior Moment will be out on various VOD platforms (and who knows, a few cinemas) this March.
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