TribLIVE

| AandE


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Review: 'Land Ho!' makes for mild-mannered 'one last hurrah' buddy pic

‘Land Ho!'

★★1⁄2 (out of 4)

R

Regent Square Theater

By Roger Moore
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, 8:55 p.m.
 

“Land Ho!” is a droll, Icelandic “Odd Couple” — just two slightly mismatched geezers on a sightseeing/skirt-chasing trek to the island of ice and volcanoes. Its pleasures are slight, but rewarding, if you know where to look for them.

Paul Eenhoorn, of “This is Martin Bonner,” Colin, is a depressed retired bank manager whose second wife just ditched him. Gregarious, drawling Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson of “Pilgrim Song”) is a New Orleans surgeon, Colin's ex-brother-in-law and a hale fellow determined to get Colin out of his funk with a vacation. He's bought them a trip to Iceland.

“It's already decided,” Mitch announces. That becomes something like his mantra.

Writers-directors Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz, working in a sort of post-mumblecore style, don't give these two a lot to do or that much to talk about. We get their history together. But Mitch drives the conversations — about women, younger women, famous women and sex.

And Colin plays along with his boorishness, hiding his occasional cringe from the blowhard nice enough to spring for this trip.

Two co-eds — one of them a cousin of Mitch's — show up, and he's determined to take them out for a five-star meal.

The two 20-somethings go clubbing with the two pushing-70s, with unpredictable results. Then they fly off, and Mitch and Colin drive their rented Hummer across the gorgeous Icelandic countryside, from geysers to spas, hot springs to seaside retreats. They eat well, drink a lot and dance on the black volcanic sand of Iceland's beaches. Sometimes, they bicker.

Forget the Neil Simon analogy — this is “The Trip” with far fewer laughs. But the actors — both of whom have found (indie) stardom late in life — make the seemingly improvised banter feel fresh, even when Mitch is trying too hard, even when Colin is biting his tongue.

The directors pepper the soundtrack with '80s sync-and-guitar pop. It adds bubbles to the show, but doesn't change the essentially deadpan, amusingly banal nature of this journey and the two charming old men who take it.

Roger Moore reviews movies for McClatchy News Service.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Kittanning soccer snaps 33-game losing streak
  2. Turek a 50-year fixture as local coach
  3. Offense awakens to lead Steelers past Panthers
  4. Elizabeth Forward volleyball team keeps winning, despite new look
  5. Game changers: Turnover leads to elusive TD for Steelers
  6. Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority communities well on their way to completion of sewer projects
  7. Penguins notebook: Carcillo hopes to give team physical edge
  8. Penguins forward Megna’s skill set might be perfect fit
  9. Inside the glass: Penguins’ Martin, Ehrhoff look comfortable together
  10. PA will deal online poker in 2017, financial analysis says
  11. Researchers study ways to protect power grid from solar storms
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.