Nor should they, given that few viewers have fully recovered from the galvanizing effects of what essentially was an Oscar-nominated horror movie about the ravages of age. Terence Stamp gives an all-time best, Oscar-worthy performance. Audience Reviews for Unfinished Song. Unfinished Song is easy to swallow and entirely void of awkward lumps. Given its subject matter, Unfinished Song isn't exactly a joyride, but it does plenty to liven things up along the way. Unfortunately, the film is a disservice to its iconic leads and its offbeat director, who is bravely trying something new, but sadly relying too much on cliché. Meanwhile, a quietly poignant performance by Chris Eccleston as the couple's estranged son, who is saddled with one of those precocious ray-of-sunshine daughters who only exist in film, suffers from a lack of back story to fully explain the subsequent fury he harbors against his father. Hollywood is increasingly trafficking in a niche genre that has provenincredibly durable, especially given the ever-bulging demographic of aging Boomers. Unfinished Song is full of predictably poignant moments; you'd be lucky to survive the film dry-eyed. Get Lost in the Experience of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Kaley Cuoco Stars in the Highly Entertaining The Flight Attendant on HBO Max, The Mandalorian Chapter 13 Recap: The Child Has a Name, Chaz Ebert Debuts Song I Remember People, Performed Quarantine-Style by The Chicago Soul Spectacular. Funny and heart-warming, it's a bit like Amour meets The Voice and The Full Monty. The uplifting story and impressive lead performances make it easily recommendable for more mature audiences. While "On Golden Pond" came before and "Grumpy Old Men" would follow, "Cocoon" pretty much defined the recipe that still holds today. Shamelessly sentimental, cute to a fault, but the acting is first-rate. Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4 Page 1 of 5 The gentle story of a marriage, and of how music can help make a broken heart whole again. Whoever thought of recruiting Vanessa Redgrave as Marion, cursed with a sentence of terminal cancer who discovers joy, solace and companionship as a member of a community choir, should be handsomely rewarded. Unfinished Song ick Wall/eOne / Postmedia News. That Marion is dedicating her efforts to Arthur, her disagreeably gruff spouse who sneers at her participation in the group and fears it will worsen her health — therefore, snatching her away from him all the quicker -- makes her rendition even more touching. Parents need to know that Unfinished Song is a heart-rending dramedy about an ill woman's quest to live a little -- and her husband's lessons on how to live at all, despite huge challenges. Susan Wloszczyna spent much of her nearly thirty years at USA TODAY as a senior entertainment reporter. Williams' film indulges itself in all the worst ways, merrily embracing all things emotionally manipulative, clichéd and twee. It boasts two beautiful performances from Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave. But, as is the case with most "Cocoon" cinema, the genius is usually found in the casting choices, and it is here that "Unfinished Song" provides something to trill about—namely the central couple who movingly dominate the story. But at least audiences who hang in there will be rewarded with Arthur in concert doing a gravelly yet stirring version of Billy Joel's "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)". Let's call it "Cocoon" cinema — in honor Ron Howard's 1985 fountain-of-youth fairy tale. All rights reserved. Unfinished Song movie reviews and ratings - Tribute.ca rating of 4.33 out of 5 Stars. The crescendo of two resonant careers makes the false notes of "Unfinished Song" forgivable. Is it shocking for adults in their dotage to strike heavy-metal poses and flash devil horns while performing Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" while donning ratty hair-band wigs? Be forewarned that the musical number that closes the film is guaranteed to have you reaching for the Kleenex. Somehow, Terence Stamp — his once cruel-yet-beautiful face, so haunting in the 1967 classic "Far From the Madding Crowd," turned gaunt, creased and sunken while his granite-blue eyes remain as fatally piercing as ever at 74 — matches if not exceeds Redgrave's contributions as Arthur.