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131 of 135 people found the following review helpful.
Simple and Sweet
“5 Flights Up”, the new comedy/drama from director Richard Loncraine, seems like a movie from a different time. It’s a story fairly small in scale, something that is rarely done these days (at least well), and we get to know these characters pretty quickly.
It’s focused on a married couple - played expertly by Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman - who’ve lived in the same Brooklyn apartment for over forty years. Curious about how the market is faring after having this same home for such a long time, they allow their successful real-estate agent family member to list the property. Meanwhile, the two are dealing with their beloved dog who’s having trouble walking (and may need surgery).
The obvious draw here is to see this seasoned duo work together, and they definitely don’t disappoint. Their rapport effortlessly carries the film, and makes it a pleasure to watch. Due to this, none of the emotional scenes seem forced because the film puts in its time letting us get to know these people and really feel for them. Stylistically, it’s nothing special, but you really don’t need any showy camerawork or flourishes to make this film enjoyable. And though I could have done without the abundance of flash-backs (which rarely work in movies), I found the film delightful as a whole. These two are both amazing screen-presences and certainly do some fantastic work here. It’s the epitome of a feel-good film, and despite a few flaws, is simple and sweet to just the right amount.
66 of 69 people found the following review helpful.
I loved their chemistry together
I have to admit, I am a huge fan of both Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton. They carried the movie, story was SLOW. However, I loved their chemistry together. The story is this, they have lived in their Brooklyn apartment for 40 years. Stairs are getting harder to climb as they age as there is no elevator in the building. They think maybe sell and move somewhere else. So, a shark of a niece realtor helps them list the apartment and try to sell it. Meanwhile, the couple goes apartment shopping on their own. Bidding war breaks out on their apartment, and they enter into a deal to buy another apartment. Do they buy? Do they sell? I won't spoil the ending for you. Good movie. Slow. But I loved the actors so it was a 4 star for me.
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To Sell or Not to Sell?
By MaryAnn Dodd
A wonderful film. Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman were wonderful together. It is so enjoyable and entertaining to watch a movie without loud noise, computer high jinks, and vicious crime. There is love all around. I was left with a good satisfying feeling.