Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Who Knew the Elderly Could Be So Funny? Leave It To "Wrinkles" to Shed Life on "Inmate Life" in a Retirement Home (DVD Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.


"Based on Paco Roca’s Award-winning graphic novel, and featuring the voices of Martin Sheen (The West Wing, The Departed), Matthew Modine (Weeds, The Dark Knight Rises), and George Coe (Funny People, Archer), WRINKLES illustrates the visual beauty and tender emotion that can be created by traditional animation, as it tackles a universal subject matter with humor and acerbic wit. The story opens with former bank manager Emilio being dispatched to a retirement home by his family. His new roommate is a wily, wheeler-dealer named Miguel, who cheerfully swindles small amounts of cash from the more befuddled residents but is also full of handy insider tips that are crucial to survival. Like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in an old folks home, we are introduced to an eccentric cast of characters who rebel against institutional authority, while the hand-drawn animation allows the film to move freely between the ‘inmates’ daily lives and their more colorful dementia-induced fantasies."

Over 30 Minutes of Bonus Features: Original Spanish Audio Track with English Subtitles; Full-Feature Animatic; Behind-the-Scenes Clips
My Thoughts:
My husband and I ended up watching this movie last night, and thought it was spectacular.  I can see why it had a successful festival run, "winning two Goya Awards for Best Animated Film and Best Adapted Screenplay and earning Special Distinction at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival."  This animated movie, which is voiced by A-list actors is based on Paco Roca’s award-winning graphic novel, and directed by Ignacio Ferreras.  I was not familiar with the book before watching this movie, but definitely want to pick it up now and compare the movie and book.  

Just by watching the above trailer you will get a feel for what this movie is about.  It is a move that will have you laugh at different points and be moved to tears the next, as society’s attitude toward the elderly is depicted.  Usually you don't see animated movies like this, but after seeing this one, I wish there were more out there.  I could see this being a great talking point for families to sit down and talk about the aging generation and how we should respect them more and how even through their delusional states caused by Alzheimer's and dementia, that we can learn from them and that they have an important part in our life.

I love how they use the word "inmate" to describe roommates in a retirement home. This movie is filled with so many laughs, and the adventures that the group from the retirement home take the viewer on are priceless. If you are looking for a unique movie that you otherwise would overlook thinking it was not worth seeing, then you will want to check out "Wrinkles," now available on DVD.  You will be happy you checked it out, as your rub your face from laughing so hard. :-)

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks for the recommendation! This does sound a bit different from the usual movie night fare, but I think I'd enjoy it.