Love Is Strange

WSR Score4.5
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In Love Is Strange, after nearly four decades together, Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and––victims of the relentless New York City real estate market––temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops (Jackson and Perez) who live downstairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Burrows), his wife (Tomei), and their temperamental teenage son (Tahan), with whom Ben shares a bunk bed. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.

Special features include commentary with John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, and Director Ira Sachs; the What Is Love making-of featurette (HD 23:21); La Film Fest Q&A with John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Cheyenne Jackson, and Ira Sachs (HD 24:58); the theatrical trailer; upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture is naturally photographed, with nicely balanced hues that are effectively saturated and exhibit richness and vividness. While saturated, the balance enhances the realism of the New York City setting. Fleshtones are naturally rendered throughout. Contrast is well balanced with deep and solid blacks. Shadow delineation is effectively revealing. Resolution is quite good, with fine detail exhibited throughout in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is a very pleasing and satisfying picture that exhibits a convincing sense of realism.

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused and conventional in production design. Surround energy is limited pretty much to the orchestral and beautiful piano score and is overall very subtle. Dialogue is nicely integrated spatially. Basically, this is a very quiet and reserved soundtrack.