Movie Review: Two for the Road (1967)


Title: Two for the Road
Release Date: 20 September 1967
Director: Stanley Donen
Production Company: 20th Century Fox
Summary/Review:

I learned about this movie in an odd way, through the vintage cars parked outside of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.  One of the cars is a 1957 Ford Country Squire station wagon that is used in Two For the Road.  In fact, various vehicles are key to the story of this film which depicts the crumbling marriage of Joanna (Audrey Hepburn) and Mark (Albert Finney) over several road trips through southern France.  Different trips at different times in their 12 year relationship are expertly intercut with the different cars offering a clue as to what year they are in.  We also get to see a great variety of fantastic fashions and hairstyles for Hepburn.

There’s a lot to like about this movie, and the experimental style in which its edited is really effective.  Hepburn is excellent and offers a more mature performance than her earlier films.  Finney is also good, although I found Mark to be such a jerk that I really wasn’t rooting for him and Joanna to save their marriage.  There are some odd tonal shifts in the movie that sometimes work as the movie shifts between drama, romance, and comedy.  But then there are also some “funny car” gags that fall flat and travel problem jokes that would not be out of place in an inferior movie like The Out-of-Towners.  So it’s a mixed bag, but definitely a movie that felt unique and worth watching once.

 

Rating: ***1/2

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