2013 was unfortunately the year we lost James Gandolfini. An amazing character actor best known for the iconic role of Tony Soprano on HBO’s benchmark show The Soprano’s, Gandolfini also delivered countless memorable performances in such films as True Romance, Crimson Tide, The Last Castle, Cinema Verite, Not Fade Away and Zero Dark Thirty. His second to last film is out now and it is a perfect film to remember him by as I imagine it partly captures the real man as he should be remembered.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a divorced massage therapist who has all but given up on relationships. But when she meets Albert (Gandolfini), also divorced, she finds someone she can relate to and who seems to be a kind and gentle soul who she can feel comfortable with. But when she finds out he is the ex-husband of a client who is constantly telling her how horrible he was, she questions if he is as he seems.
Enough Said is one of those romantic comedies that I find tell it like it really is. There is no sugar coating life, no making out anyone to be perfect. People feel crappy sometimes, people make bad decisions and people don’t always treat others fairly. Both Louis-Dreyfus’ Eva and Gandolfini’s Albert are totally relatable and realistic and because of that we are taken along their journey with them and feel the impact of their decisions and desires. Both actors are forthright and honest in their portrayals of these characters and that honestly really shines through and makes a connection. The story is beautiful, real, touching and funny. Much like how I imagine Gandolfini himself might have been.
The Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is very nice. Solid clarity and detail and a natural color palette all serve Enough Said well. A very humble, touching and funny relationship film with great performances, Enough Said is highly recommended.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.