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One More Time

Apr 7, 2016

Good to see Chris Walken anytime.

One More Time

Image courtesy of IMDb.

Grade: B

Director: Robert Edwards (Land of the Blind)

Screenplay: Edwards

Cast: Christopher Walken (Deer Hunter) Amber Heard (The Danish Girl)

Runtime: 1 hr. 38 min.

by John DeSando

“Just because you can’t be someone new doesn’t mean you can’t do something new” Jude (Amber Heard)

To see Christopher Walken sing as a has-been crooner is to remember he started as an entertainer who could dance pretty meanly on the stage. Here he features an original song written by his character, Paul Lombard, in his sunset years hoping for a new musical start.

One More Time is indeed about one more chance, not just for Paul but also his 31-year old daughter, Jude, who has some singing/writing gifts she is weakly promoting. Typically, she has to deal with her father’s fame and her own inability to stay anchored in a place that’s both physical and figurative.

Like dad, Jude doesn’t always do what’s best for her (both of them sexually vulnerable), and like him she needs another chance as the title suggests. The most satisfactory moments are when the two go after each other’s weaknesses, a form of tough love that allows both actors to sharpen their craft. When he comments that they live in “the poor part of the Hamptons,” you are aware that they both live in an alternate universe where “poor” is a relative term.  Like their lives, not everything is as it really is.

The most normal conflict of the film comes when Paul’s wife, Lucille (Ann Magnuson), starts divorce proceedings because of Paul’s infidelities. Out of this discomforting circumstance comes a chance for conservative daughter, Corinne (Kelli Garner), to show her more aggressive side, another case of a character getting a chance.

One more time is a small film that will leave Christopher Walken fans wanting more of his sneer and world weary irony, yet as a washed up but returning pop entertainer, his character  fits the actor one more time.

John DeSando, a Los Angeles Press Club first-place winner for National Entertainment Journalism, hosts WCBE’s It’s Movie Time and co-hosts Cinema Classics. Contact him at JDeSando@Columbus.rr.com