2018 Film Challenge: 23. Mr. Morgan’s Last Love

This is a DVD that I got from my friend Emily when she was having a bit of a clear-out. It was a random film with Gillian Anderson in, which was enough of a reason for me to take it. I found it a slightly frustrating film in that it’s really let down by Michael Caine’s awful American accent. It’s so bad that it’s really distracting and kinda ruins the film. It’s a shame, as I think it could be a pretty good film with a different lead actor, or even just without the embarrassing accent. The choice to make the character American is odd in itself, as it’s a based on a novel where the character’s French, but then the screenplay was supposedly written with Michael Caine in mind (according to Wikipedia), so why not then make the character British?? Thankfully, Gillian’s character is awesome and by far the best thing in it. Her scenes really made the film for me, which wasn’t exactly a shock.

Here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • Hee hee, the menu choices are Dutch or French. I guess I’ll go French as at least have a rusty GCSE in that…
  • OK, I think I can manage with clicking on ‘le film’.
  • What the hell is his accent meant to be?
  • How long’s he been living in France? He can’t even order a sandwich? Or at least say ‘merci’?
  • I feel like I missed something in the French bit there. The lack of English subtitles might prove interesting.
  • Is he meant to be American?!
  • Why didn’t they just make the character English? That accent’s so bad it’s distracting.
  • Are they going to have a thing? Surely not.
  • Wow, it’s gotta be pricey to have an Eiffel Tower view, surely.
  • It’s seeming a bit pervy
  • He’s got a framed picture of the bat signal? Or possibly just a bat, I suppose… If he turns out to be retired Batman, that’d be quite the twist.
  • I love Paris. Excited to go back in September.
  • When does Gillian appear? It’s going to be really brief isn’t it?
  • Dude, that’s an awful thing to say to her
  • I’m enjoying his eyebrows
  • Is Karen going to be Gillian?
  • Gillian!!
  • Ha ha, she’s so awesome. This film just got a million times better.
  • Gillian speaking French?!! Yes please!
  • Is she going to get it on with his son? There seems like some sexual tension there.
  • Don’t be correcting her English when you can’t even say ‘merci’ properly.
  • Nothing wrong with Maine
  • They’re totally gonna get it on
  • This film would be so much better without the bad accent. I’m impressed the other actors were able to take him seriously. Good acting.
  • Those are some proper old-fashioned suitcases
  • Wanna sound less pervy?
  • OMG!
  • Called it!
  • Can Karen come back now, please?
  • Well, that’s a bit Oedipal.
  • It’s been bugging me why I vaguely recognise this guy. Checked IMDb and he was in Goats with David Duchovny! Ah, the joy of watching random David and Gillian films.
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One Response to 2018 Film Challenge: 23. Mr. Morgan’s Last Love

  1. Crashing Elliptical says:

    This was another film on the list that I hadn’t heard of before (I hadn’t heard of the book either), and it was another one I rented via Amazon Video.

    Honestly, I don’t really have much to say about this one. I didn’t think it was great, I didn’t think it was terrible, it was basically just okay. I have to agree with you that Michael Caine’s American accent was terrible! The character really didn’t have to be from the US (he could easily have been an ignorant Brit who hadn’t bothered to learn the language, it wouldn’t have affected the plot in any way), and Michael Caine always basically just plays Michael Caine any way, do it was honestly a really baffling decision. What else? I liked Clémence Poésy as Pauline, that’s pretty much all I’ve got.

    Overall, the very definition of average.

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