You might not know James Cromwell, but you know James Cromwell. The man has been acting in show business for 40 years and has amassed over 100 screen credits in both film and television. He has co-starred in such Oscar winning films as “The Artist”, “L.A. Confidential” and in Emmy winning television shows “ER” and “24”. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in “Babe”. He is primarily known for taking supporting roles, but sometimes he will get a leading role as he does in the new drama, “Still Mine”, which opened yesterday, July 26, in select theaters around south Florida.
“Still Mine” tells the tale of an elderly Canadian couple, Craig and Irene Morrison (Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold). Irene’s heath is beginning to fade. Despite this, the two still enjoy an active sex life. Craig takes it upon himself to build a new house that will be more suitable to her needs on their land. Even though there is no one around who knows house building better than Craig, the local government does everything it can do to prevent Craig from building his new home.
This is a performance driven movie. Being a character actor for decades, James Cromwell has gotten a chance to play rich, full three-dimensional characters and he has no problem here carrying a movie as the star or showing off his bare bottom! However, he gets outshone by Bujold. Irene slowly begins to suffer from dementia and Genevieve Bujold never does anything too over the top. She plays it straight and it is the fuel that feeds Craig’s fire to build this new home. It’s tough for a small film to get Oscar recognition, but it’s hard to imagine five other female Best Supporting Acting performances this year that tops Bujold’s.
While “Still Mine” takes place in Canada, the premise, which is based on a true story, is one anyone can relate to. We all fear “Big Brother” and when we see the local government crushing down on the Morrisons to pay government fees and use government contractors when it’s clear that Craig Morrison does not need any help in that area, we root for him all the way. You can even tell the government knows it is in the wrong, but just wants to press its thumb down on this guy.
This movie will not be for everybody and will likely appeal more to a mature audience. Some people may find it slow and it actually is sometimes; but, a movie does not need to have non-stop action to keep an audience’s attention. Sometimes it’s just about people dealing with regular problems in their lives. It is rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and brief sensuality/partial nudity.