Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Release Date: March 11, 2018
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe (Helen Mirren-Best Actress in a comedy)
The Leisure Seeker is a film about an older couple (likely in their 70s) who decide to run away and take one last vacation in their old RV, which is named Leisure Seeker, much to the dismay of their adult children. The man is beginning to suffer from severe memory loss causing him to forget who people are or what year it is and the woman is recovering from cancer treatments. As they head from the northeast down to the Florida Keys to visit Hemingway's home, they seek to capture a bit of their adventurous youth.
This is an independent film, and like many of them, the main focus is on the characters, and they are worth focusing on. Donald Sutherland expertly plays a former literature professor who loves Ernest Hemingway more than anyone probably should and is beginning to seriously lose his memory. Helen Mirren, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for this performance, does not only keep up but in my opinion, outshines Southerland as she plays the wife who has obviously been the rock of the family over the years. While the two main actors were fantastic, I can’t say the same about Christian McKay who played their son. His performance was incredibly stiff and at times over-acted. I hate to say it, but it looked like a bad local theater actor. He has had many other roles but having not seen many of them and not remembering him in those films I have seen I will assume this was an anomaly, but his performance did take away from the movie.