Review by Ceri Wheeldon
Not a serious film at all – but it did show how women can really embrace midlife!
A divorced couple are forced back together to recover the money stolen from them – and all their future – but separate plans for their respective retirements disappear .
The plot is a bit far fetched – but the film is light hearted and all good fun. As most of it filmed in the South of France the setting is lovely – who can resist the blue sea of the Cote d’Azur and I enjoyed working out where the various scenes were shot – as I have been fortunate enough to spend quite a lot of time in the area (there are occasions when having a French husband has advantages!)
The underlying theme throughout the film is the relationship between the two main characters – played by Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan. Following their divorce, she has been bringing up their daughter, while he has moved on to a younger, glamourous new partner.
Seeing his ex-wife in a new light
As they join forces to claim back what was theirs, Richard (Pierce Brosnan) starts to see Kate (Emma Thompson) in a new light. Since their divorce it seems that Kate has a new found confidence. She has far greater sense of adventure and daring -in fact it is Richard who comes across as staid – despite his liking for younger partners! As Kate takes the driving seat – quite literally- as they race across Paris – Richard develops a new admiration for his ex wife. As they spend more time together sharing old memories while Richard also discovers new qualities in his ex wife, it becomes obvious that Richard will want Kate back in his life, but the big question is will Kate want Richard back in hers?!
The film did highlight, through Kate’s character, how women can literally soar at this time of life – I’m sure many women , whether in relationship or not, will relate to almost a role reversal – where the breadwinning successful husband has essentially stood still, where it is the wife who has grown and expanded her life.
It also shows how leaving a marriage for a fresh start in a new relationship may not be as attractive an option as looking at your existing relationship with fresh eyes in some cases.
All in all the Love Punch is a fun film. I enjoyed it. It was good to see actors and actresses of our generation taking the lead roles – not being the token mother, father, or maiden aunt AND showing that love romance does exist over the age of 50- as well as a spirit of adventure. Not one for the plot to be taken too seriously though !