A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW
“Here Today” – 10.0
In a word: Mah-velous
(as a Billy Crystal might say)
There have been a number of movies of late which address the plight of those who suffer from the onset of dementia. While the undertones of such stories are naturally sad and gut wrenching, Here Today offers a welcome slate of belly-laugh humor that only someone with the gift of comedy like Billy Crystal could offer.
Crystal plays the role of an aging comedy writer over many years, successful and admired in motion pictures and theater. Events in his early life left him struggling with feelings of guilt and remorse, yet he always managed to have audiences rolling in the aisles (so-to-speak) from his natural gift of humor, even in the worst of times.
Living alone, a long time widower, he gradually finds himself perplexed by forgetting the right words to say, recalling details about important matters, remembering why he walked into a room, or frequently repeating himself. Finally, he agrees to seek professional attention.
While Billy Crystal’s character is the primary role, he meets a black songstress who becomes fascinated with his humorous nature, as they eventually evolve into the closest of friends. Played by journeyman performer, Tiffany Haddish, she almost steals the show from Crystal with a powerful, gregarious performance borne of love and compassion. It would not be surprising if she is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
Crystal is certainly the focus of this film, but there are also several sub-stories that add to the setting that directly and indirectly affects his spirit. But even in the most depressing of moments, this comic genius still keeps the audience undecided whether to laugh or cry. The movie is not meant to be a comedy, but it is anyway…sorta.
While the acting is excellent among by all the performers, so is the director which happens to be Billy Crystal as well.
Seniors in the movie theater may likely ponder the possibilities that some of us might one day be in the same situation as Crystal’s character. Yet, we can still continue to enjoy life, if we have our loved ones as part of the package.
I give this movie a 10.0 rating. There was nothing to criticize.