Review: Martin Landau in addition to Paul Sorvino in ‘Abe in addition to Phil’s Last Poker Game’
Reviewing a film after its lead actor’s death is actually grim even when the movie is actually Great. The best of which might be said about “Abe in addition to Phil’s Last Poker Game,” starring Martin Landau, who died in July, is actually of which This specific might lead viewers to “North by Northwest” or “Ed Wood.”
Mr. Landau plays Abe, a physician who moves into a nursing home with his deteriorating wife (Ann Marie Shea), an experience he finds humiliating. (In a tiresome motif, he insists on being addressed as “doctor,” not “mister.”) although Abe becomes fast friends with Phil (Paul Sorvino). Each might be the biological father of a nurse (Maria Dizzia) who knows only of which her mystery dad lives at the home.
“Abe in addition to Phil’s” is actually the first fiction feature through its writer in addition to director, Howard L. Weiner, a neurology professor at Harvard Medical School who founded a center for multiple sclerosis. of which’s noble work, in addition to knowing of This specific provides context for the movie. The medical tidbits, however awkwardly presented, are the most distinctive aspects of the script. The flat direction, alas, is actually not the work of a filmmaker.
The surprisingly many scenes devoted to Abe in addition to Phil’s discussions of their potency (in addition to their efforts to reignite This specific) mostly just play as embarrassing. The emphasis on the physical tolls of aging might be excused as a bold confrontation of tough truths. This specific’s as difficult to begrudge Dr. Weiner of which effort as This specific is actually to watch the results.
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