Friday, September 11, 2015

LGBT Film Review: Grandma


Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

My Review:

Grandma is one smart, entertaining, hilarious, poignant, and sweet movie. While the story is so simple with much of the plot about Elle helping her granddaughter Sage earn enough money to get a procedure done in time for the appointment, the heart of Grandma has more to do about Elle's past, facing her demons, confronting old friends and exes, and finding forgiveness from herself and her loved ones. Not surprisingly, Lily Tomlin rocks as one loud-mouth, no-nonsense, bat-shit crazy grandma, and even though Laverne Cox's role as Deathy was only for fifteen minutes or so, her character was a memorable highlight as well. All the characters from the minor to the major ones are very strong. Even if their time on screen was short-lived, you won't forget them. The story is sugary feel-good throughout and to the end, but a lot of hilarious and very heartbreaking episodes ensue that makes it not as sweet as it appears on the surface. If there's only one flaw about Grandma for me is that it falls short on surprises and it's on the predictable side, but that's forgiven because of how rich it is in showing that family, whether you love them or hate them, matters, that for your soul, you have to forgive and move on, and for the better, it is best to live one's life on their own terms, but try and be as much of a good person as you can while you're at it. Grandma will make you smile, laugh out loud, and just maybe it will make you tear up a little.