Secondhand Lions

October 11, 2008

According to IMDB, the plot for this movie is as follows: “Secondhand Lions” follows the comedic adventures of an introverted boy left on the doorstep of a pair of reluctant, eccentric great-uncles, whose exotic remembrances stir the boy’s spirit and re-ignite the men’s lives.

This movie was recommended to me by my dad, and usually if my dad says to watch a movie it’s a good one.  He has a select few movies that he’ll watch anytime they’re on, and he said this was one of them.

Well, finally it arrived in our Netflix so several nights ago we watched it.  I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, and I’m not sure how it flew completely under my radar when it came out.  It’s got a great cast (Michael Caine being one of my favorites) and the story is very memorable.

The boy’s mother is somewhat of a floozy, and she decides that because her son has allegedly rich uncles, she’s going to leave him with them for the summer so hopefully when they die (which should be anytime now) they’ll give them the money.  The uncles are a bit out there, eccentric as were, and do such things as shooting at traveling salesman, shooting fish (are you catching a trend?) and buying retired lions.

The cinematography was somewhat remeniscent of “Big Fish” because of how it flipped between the present and the stories from the past.  In my opinion this film will make you laugh, and it may also make you cry, but regardless I hope you’ll walk away saying, “That was a great movie.”


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