The Whales of August
First screened in April 2012
Director: Lindsay Anderson. Cast: Lillian Gish, Bette Davis, Vincent Price, Ann Sothern, Harry Carey Jr., Mary Steenburgen, Margaret Ladd, Tisha Sterling,
Frank Grimes. Screenplay: David Berry (based on his play). Twitter Capsule:
Gish's treasured, still-agile face can't save this over-lit, under-written wisp. Nobody's line readings work.
You can't just leave margarine to melt in the sun and call it Golden Pond. Overlit, stale, too quaint by half.
Sothern got the Oscar nod, but only worth tracking down as Gish's curtain call. Price well-used, too. Less here for fans of Anderson or Davis. Smells too much like Grandma's attic.