I found and listened to the audiobook this morning, and it was quite frankly, beautiful. I was extremely excited to see how the story would be augmented to create the film, and I was not disappointed. The film's writing took the most brilliant dialogue from the short story and added onto it to make this brilliant film. At only an hour and 35 minutes, the film surprisingly doesn't feel rushed, but it doesn't have time to drag either. The ambiguous ending is great, offering much less closure than that of the short story, but honestly, quite better.
Charlotte Rampling is definitely 100% worthy of her awards nominations. In fact, I think that she and Saiorse Ronan are neck-and-neck for my favorite female performance of the year. Her emotion was true and realistic, and I really think that she added another layer of depth to her character. Tom Courtenay was also very good in his role, and even though he has comparatively less dialogue, his looks alone illustrate everything that we need and want to know. The cinematography was also fabulous, creating smooth, appealing shots that truly showcase this character-driven piece.
Overall, I was extremely satisfied with "45 Years". This honestly gave me the hardest internal film debate that I have had all year: deciding whether this or "Spotlight" was my favorite film of the year (I went with "Spotlight", but only by a hair). You should definitely check this one out.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.