When I received an invite to the film premiere of Arbitrage with Richard Gere, how could I possibly say no?! I had in fact already seen the film (at a press review), but the opportunity to see it again , with Richard Gere himself in attendance and experience the red carpet treatment would be fun.
The Arbitrage film:
A grown up film with a strong storyline, covering grown up issues and a good twist at the end. Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon take the lead roles as a long term married couple , living what appears to be a gilded life – Richard Gere as a billionaire banker, and Susan as his wife who spends his millions on good causes. Surrounded by the warmth of a happy family, the film starts with Robert Miller (played by Richard Gere) celebrating his 60th birthday , talking about understanding what’s important in life (spending time with family) as he talks of the impending sale of his company, which will enable him to do just that!
But all is not as it seems, as we follow a path of intrigue and betrayal, the change in relationship between not only husband and wife but also father and daughter. Is Robert a hero or villain? Nothing is that clear cut. Is Ellen (his wife) a weak society wife or does she hold any real power in the overall scheme? Apart from the plot the film also highlights how our priorities change at different stages of our lives.
Both Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon look absolutely terrific in the film. They look real – attractive sixty-somethings who do not appear to have succumbed to the surgeon’s knife. Richard Gere proves that silver hair can be sexy, and Susan Sarandon shows that it is possible to find clothes that fit and flatter post 50, and that you do not need to drastically change your style to look good = her hair is not that different to how it was 20 years ago – it may be slightly longer but it still works for her!
I thoroughly enjoyed the film, as did my husband, who, not distracted by the sexiness of Richard Gere just enjoyed the plot!
It very nearly turned into a disaster – a major traffic accident meant the M4 was closed while we were en route. We had to find the nearest train station and leave the car. My rather high heels were a challenge when it came to running along station platforms and navigating the tube (I normally wear flats when commuting and change into heels on arrival). I felt a little conspicuous on the Central Line in my velvet coat, high heels and sparkly earrings!
We arrived just at the tail end of the pre=film cocktails. It was freezing cold. As we walked along the red carpet into the venue at Leicester Square we were grateful that we could just walk straight in – with coats, unlike the celebrities who must have been shivering wearing very little as they posed for pics – hubby did take a quick photo of me with his phone just to show we were there!
Once inside director of the film introduced the film with Richard Gere ( who told us he had fond memories of being in a London stage having appeared in Grease when he was 22). At one point Richard Gere was just six feet in front of me – too dark for my photos to come out unfortunately!
We rounded the evening off with dinner with other attendees followed by a dash to Paddington to catch the late train back.
A lovely evening to remember – and a fab film – with or without the red carpet!