After the success of “The Great Beauty” – an Oscar winning movie, our talented director Paolo Sorrentino makes an impressive comeback with “Youth” – a tender film about growing old and the value of youth.
“Youth” tells a story about 2 old friends Fred - a retired composer and a conductor, and Mick - a film maker spending their vacation in a luxury lodge – Swiss Alps. While Mick desires to complete his film with his muse Brenda, Fred resists coming back to his musical career. Unfortunately, Fred receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday, which puts him in struggle since he has no intention of resuming his career.
The movie flows slowly and sometimes dropped into a quiet moment or brought back memories and fantasies. Although Youth seems like it’s a movie about old ages, it is still funny and emotional in its own way. The film is the combination of wonderful moment and art performances which delivered to the audience as a rich picture of love, ambition, lost, pain or even cliché.
Youth also contains quite a few of nude scenes so it’s definitely a film for 18+.
With a famous cast including Rachel Weisz - the Oscar winner, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel; Youth is worth watching and celebrating. In particular, Michael Caine has perfectly delivered the image of Fred Ballinger with his intense performance, soft-spoken and controlled fashion. Besides, others cast have done wonderful job as well. Harvey Keitel plays the role of Mick Boyle - an elderly with young soul and Paul Dano as Jimmy Tree – a young guy with old soul have been successful in portrayed the difference between youth and oldness.
“Youth” is a perfect mix of deepness, and wittiness with beautiful cinematography work, and sublime music, along with the great casts that will bring back lots of meaningful memories about the good old days when we were young, wild, and free. If you are looking for peaceful moments for your life, “Youth” might be a good choice.
4 out of 5
Reviewed by Lexie To