REVIEW: And So It Goes Nowhere Of Interest
by Andy Crump
Once upon a time, Rob Reiner made good movies. Scratch that: he made great movies. Thirty years ago, he made This Is Spinal Tap in his very first outing as a director. Two years after that, he madeStand By Me. A year after that, he made The Princess Bride. And two years after that, he decided, on a whim, to straight-up reinvent the romantic comedy genre with When Harry Met Sally, which to this day represents the gold standard of what films in its category are capable of. The Rob Reiner of the 1980s had verve, wit, and gusto. He had something to say.
But the Rob Reiner of today has none of these things, at least until you put him in front of Martin Scorsese’s camera and nudge him into losing his temper. The intervening years between his heyday and 2014 have been rough; Reiner’s sardonic, knowing humor has worn down and given way to a proclivity for lightweight schmaltz that feels decrepit even when centered around the young. His new film, And So It Goes, at least sidesteps that latter problem by focusing on the old, but the film remains frustratingly confined by its otherwise airy, insubstantial storytelling qualities. It’s a lazy, easy, thunderously dull movie from a veteran talent who’s capable of more.
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