A movie review of “5 Flights Up”: Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman play a long-married couple who try to sell their East Village apartment. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4.
Based on Jill Ciment’s 2009 novel “Heroic Measures,” Richard Loncraine’s “5 Flights Up” casts Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman as Ruth and Alex, a long-married couple who try to sell their East Village apartment.
They don’t have many good reasons for declaring an open house, which attracts the snobbiest potential buyers and children both bratty and precocious. But it does give them a chance to count their blessings in a series of flashbacks featuring younger actors as the much younger Ruth and Alex.
They reminisce about the family scandal they once caused when their marriage was illegal in several states, and they dote on an adorable dog — once a birthday present for Ruth, who instantly named her Dorothy. When the ailing Dorothy takes a $10,000 trip to the vet, and Alex heroically accepts the charges, the movie stretches a bit — but not fatally.
Movie Review ★★½
‘5 Flights Up,’ with Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman, Cynthia Nixon. Directed by Richard Loncraine, from a screenplay by Charlie Peters, based on a novel by Jill Ciment. 92 minutes. Rated PG-13 for language. Several theaters.
Loncraine, best-known for such genre-bending British films as “Brimstone & Treacle” and the fascist update of “Richard III” (starring and cowritten by Ian McKellen), is working in a milder key here. He gets fine performances from his stars as well as Cynthia Nixon as a pushy real-estate agent who happens to be Ruth’s niece.
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What’s missing here is a sense that any of this matters. The movie ends just as you expected it to end, and there are almost no surprises along the way.