A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW:
“QUEEN BEES” – 7 out of 10
In a word: Entertaining
Is there a potential Oscar here? Not really, but this is truly a delightful story about aging and social interaction between men and women having reached the eventual decision about living in an assisted living facility among other “old” people.
The cast is a wonderful make-up major-league stars of years past, including Ellen Burstyn, an elderly widow, playing the central character (Helen) who had to stubbornly move out of her damaged house temporarily after it had been seriously damaged in a fire. Friends and family all encouraged Helen to stay in an Assisted Living facility for a month or to until the home was repaired. Though reluctant, she agreed.
Ellen finds herself surrounded by new and caring friends trying to convince her to become a resident. Though she rejected them all at first, she eventually meets another aging male resident (Dan) with whom she warms up and develops into an interesting relationship. That character is deftly played by James Caan (remember him in Godfather and Misery?)
As the audience immerses into the pangs of love, we found ourselves in the heart of a genuine “tearjerker” feeling what the characters felt, and realizing fun, love and deep emotions are not an old-folks occurrence reserved only for the young and middle-aged. Besides sentiments, we see a lot of spunk, of various descriptions, from these marvelous actors, including: Ann-Margaret (80), Jane Curtin (73), Christopher Lloyd (82) and Loretta Devine (71). Burstyn and Caan are 88 and 81 respectively.
This is not a movie to be compared to the listings of Academy Awards. But it is hugely entertaining, if not a bit silly in spots, while it sends out wonderful messages, that love and devotion can be found anywhere, anytime, if you’re up for it. One never knows.
I give this movie a 7 out of 10.