Friday, August 6, 2021

Review: "When We Last Spoke" (2019 Film)

When We Last Spoke
had me at Corbin Bernsen and Melissa Gilbert. I didn't really know anything else about the film going in, except that it was a family film. As it turns out, I'm glad that I went in without any preconceived notions, as I really enjoyed learning about the movie as it went along!

Following the lovable and nutty family of sisters Juliet and Evangeline, WHEN WE LAST SPOKE gives viewers an insight into the beauty of the Cranbournes as they journey through the ups and downs of their unexpected situation. 

Life for Juliet and Evangeline changes quickly after their father James departs to fight in the Vietnam War and their mother, who feels ill-equipped to raise two daughters alone, leaves them with their grandparents, Walt and Ruby, to pursue her own singing career. Together, the family learns how to overcome heartbreak and uncertainty by holding tight to the most important aspects of life – family, friends, love and forgiveness. 

Inspired by the novel from Marci Henna, director Joanne Hock and screenplay writers Rick Eldridge and Jimmy Hager pack WHEN WE LAST SPOKE with humor, heartbreak and triumph. Audiences will leave grateful for the gift of family, the relief of laughter and with a newfound appreciation for the often kooky relationships with friends and family.

When We Last Spoke is truly a delightful film! In 1996, sisters Juliet and Evangeline are estranged, and Juliet is desperate to contact Evangeline, as their grandfather Walt (Bernsen) is very ill. Most of the film, though, is set in 1967, when the sisters move in with their grandparents as their father goes to Vietnam and their mother goes to New York to try to restart her singing career.

The movie is fairly slow paced (and I think would probably be boring for younger children), but I was completely engaged in the story. I do wish that the sisters' estrangement had been explained a bit better (not the reason for the estrangement - that was very clear - but the when and how it happened), and I thought that the young girls's acting was a little forced in the beginning, but everything else was great! Bernsen and Gilbert as Walt and Ruby made a wonderful couple - not perfect by any means, but fully committed to each other and to their granddaughters.

This story of faith, family, and forgiveness is much better than many faith-based films, and I highly recommend it! Best of all, if you're an Amazon Prime member, you can watch it free! Stream it here or visit the website to see all of your streaming and purchase options. 4 stars.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Many thanks to Last Spoke Partners for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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