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JULES: BEN KINGSLEY RULES | Get hold of US

Ben Kingsley disappears into each character he performs, and the quiet senior citizen he turns into in Jules isn’t any exception. The truth that he has a mop of hair and no hint of a British accent ought to come as no shock; that is an actor who has performed everybody from Mahatma Gandhi to Salvador Dali, to not point out his big selection of fictional characters in movies as numerous as The Wackness and Home of Sand and Fog.

In Jules, author Gavin Steckler and director Marc Turtletaub have given him an element he can play with, an understated senior citizen whose life has fallen right into a routine. He exhibits up at his hometown’s weekly council assembly, the place he repeats the identical recommendations he has made numerous occasions earlier than, and tends to the azaleas in his backyard. When a flying saucer crashes in his again yard he tries to inform somebody—anybody—that an alien has landed on his property however nobody believes him, so he goes about his enterprise and tends to the easy wants of his customer from afar.

In time, two girls who know him from the weekly conferences develop into concerned, and as they’re performed by Harriet Sansom Harris and Jane Curtin, they (like Kingsley) are usually not caricatures or archetypes however plausible individuals with amusing traits and quirks.

Jules is a slight movie however an satisfying one. It jogged my memory of Robotic and Frank (2012) which gave an excellent half to a different veteran actor, Frank Langella. The resemblance is superficial, besides that I’ve come to worth any movie that provides actors I like one thing offbeat so as to add to their resumé. By the best way—and never so by the way—Jules tells its story in a compact 90 minutes.

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