Hampstead Reviewed By Cam Eagle

The Premise
Living on the edge of Hampstead Village, London, home to the beautiful Heath, a quiet piece of countryside in the middle of the metropolis, an American widow Emily Walters (Diane Keaton) find herself at odds with her so-called friends. Everything changes when she meets the eccentric, Donald (Brendan Gleeson), who has lived harmoniously on the Heath for many years in a ramshackle hut.

The Review
Inspired by a true story, Hampstead is a romantic comedy starring Diane Keaton about how love can be found in the most unexpected places.

When things are falling out of reach for Emily (Keaton), like her lovely old apartment, her finances and even her son, she falls on her feet, and falls for an alternative person when she befriends the unkempt Donald (Gleeson).

Donald’s lifestyle is under threat as property developers use heavy-handed tactics in an attempt to evict him. As Emily steps up to defend Donald in the escalating battle, she soon finds that, despite his gruff exterior, there is something gentle and alluring about Donald.

Keaton and Gleeson, who are champions at playing these characters, both have to navigate their way through their pride and their friend’s prejudice.

This charming and funny life-affirming tale of how accommodating each other takes a journey of self-discovery proves once and for all that age is no barrier to second chances.

While Hampstead reminded me of The Castle, as it has a similar premise of a home owner defending his right to stay in his dwelling, it doesn’t have the same classic appeal.

While Hampstead is charming and funny it wasn’t all that funny, and I found the score to have an annoyingly repetitive refrain.

The Verdict
You wouldn’t lose anything seeing Hampstead on a small screen (which would be an enjoyable experience especially for some generations, those who appreciate Keaton movies). While there is love in this movie, love is not a word that would describe my viewing experience.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 27th July 2017
Rating: PG – Contains Coarse language & sexual references
Duration: 102 minutes 
Genre:  Drama
Starring: Diane Keaton, James Norton, Brendan Gleeson
Director: Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey, The Love Punch)

The Extras

Inspired and based upon by the true story of the 'Hampstead Hermit', Harry Holmes who always lived his life the way he wanted to.