Marion (played sublimely by Vanessa Redgrave) is such a person that most people would love. She's generally happy and spreads joy around her; she loves her friends and her husband and life in general. She is also terminally ill.
Arthur (played honestly and realistically by Terence Stamp) on the other hand is totally incapable of showing his emotions. He's grumpy, rude, introvert and doesn't understand why Marion insists on staying in the local choir of eccentric old people. He'd rather that she'd just stay at home and stop using the little energy she has left on such nonsense!
The leader of the choir Elizabeth (played enthusiastically by Gemma Arterton) enters the choir into a singing competition - and “The OAPz” becomes a reality.
Arthur finds himself drawn to the choral practices and listens from outside, while he does a lot to pretend he isn't listening at all. Elizabeth, who is the choir leader, spots him and makes it her mission to persuade him to join. There are many cool scenes with that choir. The funniest one is when The OAPz sing Salt 'n' Pepa’s "Let’s Talk About Sex".
The movie is very touching, and it may be a bit predictable. I honestly cried my way through it, so some people would maybe call it sentimental and emotional porn. But what made it work for me was the fact that the sentimental moments were usually followed by a scene where the grumpy old man would bring it all back down and make sure that we don't drown in slush. Call it evening things out, if you must.
We went in to watch this movie without having seen the trailer or having a clue about what the movie would be about. We were both very pleasantly surprised, and I really enjoyed this gem of a movie, even though people may have thought otherwise, since I came out of the cinema with red and puffy eyes.
Here's the trailer:
out of 6.