40 years after her first (and only) nomination for Nashville, Lily Tomlin is back in the awards race for Grandma, which many people say will bring her her second nomination. In my humble opinion, The film itself is enjoyable, even if it isn’t all that memorable.
Grandma is a very simple little film. It’s not gonna change anyone’s life. But it does have a good story and the relationship between three generations of women is well realized. Also, it’s great to see a film where the main character is homosexual, but it’s not the focus of the story. Honestly, the movie could have made her heterosexual and the plot would barely change, and that’s a big step forward in how the LGBT community is portrayed.
Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden and Sam Elliott all do a fine job in supporting roles. Lily Tomlin is very good in this film. I’m not sure if she’s a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination, as this year is shaping up to be pretty crazy for Lead Actress, so we’ll see. At the very least, the Globes will certainly recognize her.
However, I would make the argument that the real highlight of the film is the screenplay. It’s well written, well paced, and has some nice character development. Honestly, this is one of those films I could easily seen done as a stage play, as it’s not very cinematic. If you want to see this movie, I’d wait until you could see it on the small screen.
But the film does not do anything wrong, it is well directed, well written, and well acted. It has a nice pace, nice cinematography, and a nice enough moral. You will likely leave the theater with a smile on your face. So take that for what it’s worth.
You know what this movie needed? June Squibb.