Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published September 5th 2021
A heartfelt, feel-good comedy
Hubby and I are generally not avid cinema-goers, preferring rather to wait until the desired movie becomes available and can be enjoyed as home entertainment. This can sometimes take months to achieve, by which time I've totally forgotten which movies I was keen to watch. So, you can imagine my excitement when I was selected to watch and review a movie, before cinemagoers have the opportunity … I was literally beside myself with anticipation!
Ride the Eagle is a 2021 American comedy-drama, directed by acclaimed Australian, Trent O'Donnell and stars the inimitable Jake Johnson as Leif, the grown-up son, D'Arcy Carden as Audrey and Academy Award Winners, J.K. Simmons as the love-struck Carl and Susan Sarandon as the estranged mother, Honey.
When Leif was a little boy, his mother, Honey, abandons him to join a cult. On discovering many years later, that she is ill and doesn't have much time left, Honey sits down in front of a video camera with a message and very specific instructions for her son. Honey's belated intentions are to leave Leif with certain 'life's lessons' that she feels she may have neglected to share with him in his early formative years.
In her will, Honey leaves her estranged son with a 'conditional inheritance'. Before Leif can take ownership of his late mother's delightfully charming Yosemite cabin in California, he has to complete an elaborate and oft-times dubious 'to-do' list with his dog, Nora, at his side.
Leif embarks on an adventure of a lifetime, embracing all the quirkiness and idiosyncrasies of his mother's bequest. And, what a wild ride it is!
Ride the Eagleis a profound movie and according to critic Joe Leydon in his Variety review, 'will be warmly embraced by viewers who may have experienced mixed emotions when hearing about the death of a loved one, who frequently was extremely difficult to love'.
Ride the Eagle was filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the objective to make a movie about bringing people together. Universally, the film will resonate with a large proportion of audiences, when viewers are faced with how intricately messy relationships can become between family members, life partners and professionally.
Writer's Opinion:Ride the Eagle is a feel-good, thought-provoking movie that left me in a reflective mood long after the movie credits had scrolled passed. The interesting, amusing and very unusual storyline is well worthy of a bookmark and a seat ticket when it hits cinemas.
Ride the Eagle - In QLD, WA, SA, TAS and NT cinemas from September 9 and ACT, VIC and regional NSW cinemas from September 23.
Jake Johnson as Leif in the comedy, RIDE THE EAGLE , a DECAL release. Photo courtesy of DECAL
Directed by: Trent O'Donnell Written by: Jake Johnson and Trent O'Donnell Produced by: Huey M. Park, Jake Johnson, Trent O'Donnell, Joe Hardest, D'Arcy Carden Starring: Jake Johnson, D'Arcy Carden, J.K. Simmons, Susan Sarandon Music by: Jeff Cardoni Production Company: JTJ Films Edited by: Daniel Haworth Rating: M - Mature themes, coarse language and sexual references