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Plot: A long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away. Runtime: 92 mins Release Date: 07 Oct 2014
Wonderful, humorous drama about aging and change. (by rannynm)
From the story line, it may seem that this film will be boring to kids. But, when I started watching this film I fell in love with it. Morgan Freeman's perfect timing of jokes and Diane Keeton's wonderful and priceless emotions make this film entertaining and heartfelt from the very start to the last second.It is a bit hard to say what the main genre is. Of course, there is a lot of romance between the two characters, Alex Morgan Freeman and Ruth Diane Keeton , there is also that funny side that makes it all that more enjoyable. And, there is still a serious dramatic side which <more>
keeps you on the edge of your seat till the end.The story starts when an elderly couple, Ruth and Alex, live in a high up, massive apartment in New York City, Brooklyn actually. However, the five flight of stairs they need to take is getting more and more challenging so they decide to move to a location with an elevator. To add to the challenges, their dog is in the hospital undergoing treatment for spinal injury.The director, Richard Loncraine makes this movie feel authentic and rustic and also shows how current society stereotypes elderly people, how they truly feel about it and how wrong it is. The cast is wonderful and the acting is just superior with serious and comedy scenes mixed together and standing out all the time. I also like how they lightly touch upon problems of the past as well as problems of today. For example, Ruth and Alex got married in a time when bi- racial couples were not welcomed with open arms. Then it shows how today a gay couple is making an offer on a house. They submit it along with a note telling how they tried to adopt a child and finally were able to adopt one. It is something Ruth and Alex wanted to do when they were younger but were denied.My favorite scene is when they have an open house to sell their apartment and a huge crowd of people comes through, looking at everything and touching everything. Alex doesn't like it but Ruth tries to see the positive side but fails. I like that scene because it shows how the couple's life isn't perfect and also makes the film feel very real. Not only this moment does that but many others as well.This film has perhaps several moments of adult content but none that is too mature. I recommend it to kids ages 10 to18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by youth, go to kidsfirst dot org.
Thank you Morgan Freeman for this movie!*some minor spoilers * (by ilovetenniss)
Excellent movie! I think a lot of the reviewers perhaps are under 40 yrs old or are so uptight like the buyers and sellers in this film...??? Perhaps? What a shame they are missing out on "the view" here as well. But it is so beautiful, that even a child can see it. A child & a dog being trained that are dragged through the hectic non-stop lives of their parent s what a shame for this and shame on you if you are too busy in your own life and career to enjoy a refreshing movie like this-SLOW DOWN!!! Enjoy the simple things in life before it is too late, or your life slows down <more>
from a pointless accident because of exhaustion hectic schedules and lack of sleep/ but if that does happen rent this flic on Redbox and watch it from your hospital bed while recuperating because then, your eyes will be open and you will have a 2nd chance to enjoy this & your own life. It is a whole generation of people similar to the gallery owners son in this movie that are missing the point: Stop & smell the roses, there is more to life than money and pleasing the masses, and being miserable with your hectic lives that you fail to create memories as Morgan & Diane portrayed in his film. Thank you for this! And your wonderful Film Morgan!!!
Movie about what really matters in life (by lotpeels)
I don't often write reviews on movies, but seeing the bad reviews I wanted to set some things right. I loved every minute of the movie. The movie is not suited for everybody I have to admit, because the movie is about what really matters in life and that is not something everybody understands. This movie is not meant for a certain age or gender, it is for people that really understand the little things only matter in life. So on the one hand the movie might seem to be one without a story line because there is not a lot of action or drama but the story is all about reading between the <more>
lines. This might even be one of the best movies I have ever seen. So if you know how to enjoy life as it is, you will like the movie.
How do you take something as humdrum as a routine real estate transaction and turn it into a wonderfully warm, human, humorous, thoroughly beautiful and enjoyable movie? Watch it and you'll see how. Morgan Freeman is imposing. Dianne Keaton is wonderful. The film captures the hectic spirit of New York City accurately and does so without guns, sex, violence or foul language. Well, okay, the "F-word turns up once. It also tells a lasting love story about an older couple without resorting to mawkishness or clichés. So, say you, I'm some sort of goody two shoes blue stocking. Not <more>
at all. I just appreciate beautiful stories well told by dedicated filmmakers. This joins my ten top favourites "The Great Race is number one" and a movie I shall heartily recommend to family and friends. Delightful!! Wonderful!!!
This film tells a story of growing old, property marketing, terrorism and social change or lack thereof . Quite a mixture of different themes, but to me the one that stands out the most is love. Ruth Keaton and Alex Freeman Carver find themselves selling their Brooklyn apartment of almost 40 years. Why? Well, the 5 flights of stairs they have to climb to reach it. Ruth wants to find somewhere with an elevator where they can grow old without having to worry, whereas Alex feels more sentimental about their long-time home and is skeptical about selling. This sets up their characters for the <more>
film, Ruth being more practical and forward thinking, while Alex thinks of the past and is carried more by his emotions.Within the next few days, Ruth and Alex find themselves in the middle of New York City where terrorism alarms are going off thanks to a young man believed to have a bomb. Meanwhile their beloved dog, Dorothy, is in veterinarian care after a turn for the worse and at the same time they are also on the cusp of selling their apartment and buying a new one within the hour.Throughout the film, they are plagued by the people around them who feel they are 'past it'. The young people push past Alex as though he weren't there, the couple they want to buy a new apartment from feel they don't know what they are doing and ultimately Lily Nixon their Realtor and also their niece tells them that they are 'old' and 'crazy', even though the reasons for their behavior seem completely realistic. It goes to show the process of getting older and how people are quick to dismiss what they are afraid of themselves, but the attitudes of Ruth and Alex - that being somewhat rebellious, even from when they got married, when it was illegal in 30 states - is what shines the most. They make a point of not living their lives based on what people expect of them and that's what makes them so appealing. The film itself, I thought, was quite Woody Allen-esque in it's presentation of New York City. It's like a love letter to the city with some stunning shots of Brooklyn bridge all highlighted with some great cinematography by Jonathan Freeman. If you love movies that feature the city that never sleeps, I would give it a watch.If you're looking for an action packed frenzy you've come to the wrong place. However, if you are looking for a quaint and understated story of love - for each other, for pets, for your home and for your city - with beautiful performances by acting legends Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman, then I would definitely say that spending 90 minutes with Ruth & Alex would not be a waste.
The Older You are The More Likely You'll Love This Movie (by amppec)
What goes around comes around... This film makes some compelling points - there's nothing like history to create incredible intimacy and not much is more intimate than the home one makes... Time matters - and wisdom is understanding what it's meant and what it means... A great view should never be underestimated! All the other things that change around us does not have to "change us"...Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton, the duo surprised me... Another two or three 'affectionate' exchanges between them would have made me happier - but it worked! Their chemistry made the <more>
profoundness of sharing a long and satisfying life together very believable...Diane Keaton scaled down her usual shtick and Claire van der Boom was spot-on as a young Diane... Morgan Freeman's 'warmth' and 'memories' were touching... The movie is a simple film full of gentle reminders of how special time, love, and home are... That said, I would bet that the niece-realtor Cynthia Nixon sent them a nice bill!
Morgan Freeman hasn't really been acting recently,considering Dolphin Tale 2 where he was just phoning it in,but here he nails it.His chemistry with Diane Keaton is mind blowing,they are perfect for this roles.Now the movie doesn't quiet transcend all the clichés but overall when u look at it it's just a real life beautiful movie about moving out from an apartment that they have been in for 40 years.It's a movie that deals with a dilemma that we all maybe have or will be going through.Because we all have to move at some point in life,we all have to look for a new pace to live <more>
in,we all get old,and this is mostly this movie deals with.You should take your whole family to see this movie,it's amazing,it's shot perfectly and overall just 92 minutes well spend considering all this rubbish that's been coming out recently.
A feel-good film with some respectful insight into real complications (by StevePulaski)
If I were to say that 5 Flights Up was a loosely structured film involving an aging couple, the real estate market, hectic home bidding, terrorism, a dog with lethal problems, interracial marriage, and painting, you'd probably be endlessly confused. However, I wouldn't be misleading you nor would I be shortchanging the film's story. For a film with an A-list cast and from a fairly large studio, it's strange for something like this to be so largely plot less and breezy, yet so thematically impacting. If nothing else, the film furthers my belief that you ultimately don't <more>
need a concrete plot or "point-A-to-point-B" style events to make an impacting film; you need strong characters or strong dialog, but if you have two, you're golden.The film focuses on Ruth and Alex Carver Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman , an older couple looking to sell their old-fashioned Brooklyn apartment through their real estate agent Lilly Cynthia Nixon . Due to the apartment's location and one-of-a-kind structure, the spacious home could be worth as much as $1 million and, under current circumstances, both Ruth and Alex want to get as much money possible. Though it's evident that the couple have talked selling their apartment to death, one can tell that they're quietly heartbroken to be leaving it behind, especially Alex, who has made one of the rooms his workstation for his many paintings.Both Ruth and Alex find themselves immersed in the world of real estate buying and selling upon holding an open house and exploring other apartments in the city. They find themselves bombarded with potential buyers they are either not personally fond of or questioning whether or not they will take care of the home and love it as much as they did. While this search goes on, Ruth and Alex's dog winds up falling prey to a ruptured disc in her back, requiring expensive surgery in addition to the repeated coverage of a potential terrorist attack perpetrated by an assumed Muslim extremist when a large oil tanker is left on the Williamsburg Bridge.Just by this description, one gets a feel of the looseness in 5 Flights Up. It would appear that writer Charles Peters attempted to make a film that was invested in real-life situations, particularly the kind that come about when trying to sell a home or an apartment in the wake of the biggest housing crisis in American history. Few films I can recall have painted the constant struggle and fuss over selling and buying a home in such a powerfully telling way, right down to the incessant "bidding wars" between interested clients and the dictation of a real estate agent. Such an experience is an endless cycle of monotony, false leads, and confusion and director Richard Loncraine portrays it as if the characters are operating on a field of landmines.There's also examination of the generation gap here in a boldly subtle way. Consider Freeman trying to prove himself and his abilities to much younger, disinterested art buyers, or even the multitude of spoiled and unruly young guests that come through his home. Ruth and Alex are on their way out in numerous respects in this film, but as the film gets going, we see that they're soon to be out of their home, their element, and most importantly, time to prove themselves in a world that's rapidly changing and quickly leaving people like them behind.Much has been made about the terrorist subplot which, in many scenes, does come out of left field and provides for a jarring tonal shift. However, if one looks at it like in the same way an announcement of any kind by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellin sends financial markets into a tizzy, one can see its relevance, even if it does add a touch of awkwardness to the film's story.5 Flights Up may not have the narrative structure of its contemporaries, but it damn sure understands the current state of baby boomers and sentimentality better than a lot of them. It's a film of moments and strong lead performances, with Keaton and Freeman proving through each collective and low-key scene why their performances are always highly praised. While this is a film along the lines of the feel-good flick you're likely predicting, just know if you're going to have your emotions tickled by a movie, you might as well have it done by a film that's respectful of its characters and somewhat insightful.Starring: Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman, and Cynthia Nixon. Directed by: Richard Loncraine.
For me, this movie was not boring at all. Throughout the entire flick there is tons of quirky bits of humor that pretty much had me laughing almost to tears, especially from Morgan Freeman's character. It's not a flashy movie, it's just a very heartwarming story with lots of added humor. It also is not one that I could watch over and over again, but that being said, I will be keeping it for future watches. I would not say it's Morgan Freeman or Diane Keaton's best movie, as they have been in so many brilliant roles, but I will say this...you see more a more humorous side <more>
of Morgan Freeman in this than most of his other ones, which is genuinely nice to see!I was pleasantly surprised by this, especially given that it has some quite negative reviews, I actually bypassed it a few times due to that...my mistake!