HAMPSTEAD – Opened Aug 17 – Starring Dianne Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, Lesley Manville and Simon Callow, Directed by Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey).
Inspired by a true story, Emily Walters (Keaton) is an American widow, her lovely old apartment overlooking London’s iconic Hampstead Heath. Emily is drifting dispassionately through life, her son and neighbours encouraging her to pull herself together. But then she finds both a cause and new love in Donald (Gleeson) the Irish gentleman who cobbled together a house and garden in the wilds of the Heath and has lived their quietly for 17 years, until a development company owned by one of Emily’s neighbours tries to force him out.
I have to confess that I’m not much of a Keaton fan myself since her days in films like Woody Allen’s Manhattan and Annie Hall, but enjoyed her in Hampstead. My prediction is that if you like her other films, such as First Wives Club (with Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Stockard Channing) and Something’s Gotta Give (with Jack Nicholson and Keanu Reeves) then you will enjoy this film.
RATING: 2 out of 5.