Sometimes describing a film does not do it justice. This film will have you laughing, crying and marvelling at the human spirit. It is marvellous! When most of us thin about getting older or how our lives will be in our twilight years we get depressed. "Young @ Heart" will have you convinced that it does not have to be that bad.
Quickly you realize why director Stephen Walker (directed an episode of the Emmy-winning "Days That Shook the World") fell in love with this group of seniors and decided to do a documentary film about them. The documentary began as a television documentary and has now been reedited for a theatrical release.
The Young @ Heart chorus, led by musical director Bob Cilman, from Massachusetts is not average in any way. The average age of the chorus is 81 and they have travelled the world singing rock songs from the likes of Sonic Youth and Coldplay. We join them as they begin their 7-week rehearsal period for a cross U.S. tour they are about to undertake. The more challenges they seem to face (remembering lyrics to physical ailments to vocal problems) the more determined this group of amazing seniors seems to get. No challenge is too much for them to overcome.
Does that sound like something your grandparent might do? None of the members of the choir are average. They are amazing in many ways. Everything about them and the film is inspiring. From practicing three times a week to the hours they put in at home in private practice to the actual two act show would be trying for any age, but they never complain…well, hardly ever. Watching them practice and perform songs such as "I Feel Good" by James Brown, "Fix You" by Coldplay and "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash is a lot of fun and they seem to be having as much fun as the audience. How they have decided to cope with aging will put a smile on even the Grinchiest person's face.
Technically there are a few awkward moments as the director intrudes on a couple of moments and also has a few editing issues, but the charm of the Young @ Heart singers glosses everything over. If you see one film this year make sure this is the one!
-Young @ Heart Goes to Hollywood