Thursday Movie Picks: Movies for Seniors

Thanks to Ruth at FlixChatter for the prompt, I’m joining in with my first post for ‘Thursday Movie Picks’, started by Wandering through the Shelves.

This week we’ve been asked to list three to five films suitable for seniors.

The Way (2010)

Directed by and starring Emilio Estevez, this film captured my heart the first time I watched it in 2012. Telling the story of a father whose son died while attempting the Camino de Santiago, it is a compelling story of loss and remembrance. It is all the more poignant as Estevez stars as the son and his own father, Martin Sheen, portrays his character’s father.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Another of my favourite films from director Taika Waititi, I’ve chosen this as I feel that seniors would enjoy the offbeat charm of Sam Neill’s character, Hector. It’s a wonderful clash of personalities and upbringings, youth and older age.

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)

This Swedish film from director Felix Herngren is full of charm and humour. It centres on Allan Karlsson, who as the title suggests, leaps out of a window on his 100th birthday and begins quite the wonderful journey.

20 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Movies for Seniors

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  1. Welcome to the series!

    I haven’t seen any of yours but they all sound good, the last in particular intrigues me. I’ll have to add them all to my too see list.

    I don’t have a blog but play along most weeks by posting my picks in the comments. I misread the theme slightly and chose films about the elderly rather than for them but the two are more or less parallel in interest. I’ve found most films in this vein on the darkly depressing side so I tried to find pictures on the lighter side.

    Cocoon (1985)-A group of seniors in a Florida rest home stumble upon a swimming pool that because of an alien “cocoon” hidden within has become a fountain of youth. After taking a dip they are rejuvenated and have a great deal of fun during their second fling at being young. Don Ameche won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role.

    Out to Sea (1997)-Charlie and Herb (Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon) are retired long time friends. Schemer Charlie manages to convince Herb to take a cruise as a chance to meet women but what he doesn’t tell him is that they are to be dance instructors on board! Complications ensue!

    Louisa (1950)-Hal Norton (Ronald Reagan) suggests to his sweet but somewhat meddlesome mother Louisa (Spring Byington) that she should find some other interests outside their home when she gets too involved in the lives of his wife and kids. Louisa takes his advice and starts dating the local grocer Henry Hammond (Edmund Gwenn-Miracle on 34th Street’s Kris Kringle). All is well and good until Hal’s boss Abel Burnside (Charles Coburn) takes a fancy to her too and suddenly the Norton’s placid life takes a crazy turn with Louisa in the middle of a late life love triangle! Sweet film with delightful performances by the three leads.

    1. Hi there, thanks for your comment.

      You know, I always thought Cocoon was a horror film (I must be confusing it with something else!) so thanks for clearing that up. It sounds like a lot of fun and one I would enjoy.
      Out to Sea and Louisa sound like a hoot as well. I’ve not seen Reagan in a film before so I’ll try and catch that if I get the chance.

      1. Reagan was at best an indifferent actor, his two best performances were in Kings Row (a slog of a film) and a small part in Bette Davis’s Dark Victory (a very good film). At worst he was stiff and dull. He’s somewhere in between in Louisa. He gets the job done but he’s nothing special.

        However he’s not the focal point of the film. That’s Spring Byington, Gwenn and Coburn and they are more than up to the task. Both men were Oscar winners (Gwenn for Miracle on 34th Street & Coburn for The More the Merrier) and Spring an Oscar nominee. All three were veteran character actors, the kind of performers that when you see them enter a film you were glad because you knew even if the film wasn’t that great they would be.

  2. Hello Claire!! Glad to see you are blogging again, I miss my ‘ol blogging peeps. Great picks here, I didn’t participate this week but I love Hunt for the Wilderpeople (not Hunter), which is a charming and funny movie. Taika is such a wonderful director, no wonder Hollywood’s snatched him up now.

    1. Thanks for the typo spot! It has been corrected. My proof-reading skills are a little rusty 😉

      Taika is a gem – I’ve seen everything he has directed except Boy and JoJo Rabbit. Have you seen either of those?

      Thank you for stopping by. It has put a smile on my face to see a comment from you this morning. Happy to be back!

      1. Hi again, Claire! Seeing your comment on my blog made me smile, too! Yes I have seen JoJo Rabbit, one of my fave movies of that year. Haven’t seen BOY yet, but I should do that soon!

  3. As Ruth said, most glad to see you’re blogging once more, Claire. What a charming and engaging triple bill. I’m way behind on Taika’s work, but this will get me to finally watch Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Been meaning to. And the others, as well. Many thanks for the recommendations from this “senior”, Claire. 🙂

    1. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Hunt for the Wilderpeople: it’s very entertaining and Sam Neill & Julian Dennison are a great pair.

      I couldn’t sleep last night as ideas for new posts kept popping in my head. So happy that the gang are still around 🙂

  4. Hello and welcome!! I have seen The Way which is a really good film and shows this walking adventure this man takes to be closer to his son who passed away right at the beginning. I haven’t seen the other films but they do sound intriguing especially the last one.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Birgit.
      So pleased to have finally met someone who has also seen The Way! We seem to be in the minority.
      The last one is quite the gem. It is an adaptation of what I think was first a graphic novel.

  5. Totally agree with you on Sam Neill’s character. I do love the relationship in the film between the pair of characters and Waititi’s humour never fails to crack me up. I’ve had The Way on my “to watch” list for a while but still haven’t got around to seeing it. I’ll check it out.

  6. Only seen Wilderpeople of these. Started reading the 100 Year Old Man book but never finished – felt it would be one that might be better as a film so I should check it out. 🙂

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