Rather enjoyable--more of the same from the characters of Auberge… MoreRather enjoyable--more of the same from the characters of Auberge Espagnole--but the pandering attempts to involve all the previous characters in the story made the ending weak and the movie over-long. On top of that, the premise is kind of stupid: why are all these people reuniting for the wedding of the younger brother of their friend (a marginal character in the first film)? The first 90 minutes or so, I forgave a lot, and liked a lot, but in the end the film's a bit of a misfire that leaves a bad taste in your mouth, making you forget about its earlier promise.
It's almost too sweet, and not subtle at all... but it's a perfect… MoreIt's almost too sweet, and not subtle at all... but it's a perfect crowd pleaser, romantic and earnest, a film from a forgotten era of film-making. I kind of loved it.
Both Whit Stillman movies I've now seen (the other being Damsels in… MoreBoth Whit Stillman movies I've now seen (the other being Damsels in Distress) have produced a similar reaction in me: within the first moments, I find the dialogue completely jarring and think "No one talks like that." Before long, though, I find myself completely wrapped up in it. I preferred this film to Damsels because of its aesthetic and soundtrack--and no, I wouldn't call myself a disco fan--and also because it doesn't end with a meaningless dance scene like Damsels did. Last Days of Disco turns on human relationships that encounter almost insurmountable challenges and that happen to coincide with the doom of the titular musical genre. It aggrandizes a little story, but not in a bad way. Quite worth the watch.