One of the great things about films is watching actors act.
That probably sounds strange – of course actors act. But quite often these days actors are working against a green screen, battling super-villains or heading in to space. Don’t get me wrong, I love those films too, but sometimes it’s nice to see actors who are just acting, showing what they can do on screen in a film without loads of special effects and noise.
That is exactly what Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville do in Ordinary Love, the tale of a middle-aged couple dealing with a life-changing issue.
Neeson and Manville play Tom and Joan, a couple of who have been married for a number of years and who have already suffered tragedy in their life.
Then Joan finds a lump in her breast and both of their worlds are turned upside down as they both deal with her treatment.
One of the great things about Ordinary Love is the opportunity to see Neeson put down the guns from his usual fare and just play a man trying to help the woman he loves. And he does it magnificently. Manville is always excellent, and again she is here too. As Joan deals with the terrible disease racking her body she is both funny, warm, heartbreaking and, at times, not particularly nice to Tom.
I really enjoyed Ordinary Love. It’s just a lovely tale of a couple’s love for one another. No bells, no whistles, just an ordinary tale about ordinary people with extraordinary acting.