TV-MA | 30min | Comedy, Drama | TV Series
CinemaScore Rating: N/A
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90% Fresh (Critics) | 85% Fresh (Audiences)
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Chuck Lorre, Alan J. Higgins
Stars: Michael Douglas, Sarah Baker, Alan Arkin
IMDb summary: An aging actor, who long ago enjoyed a brush with fame, makes his living as an acting coach.
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The Kominsky Method
Reviewed for Keith Loves Movies by Julie
The Kominsky Method’s final season is full of everything that makes this show so watchable; humour, crazy and unstable family relationships, and a subtle yet serious side of the show that catches you off-guard. Michael Douglas’s performance is great, mirrored only by the equally talented support cast.
This season we are treated to watching Morgan Freeman strut his stuff in an acting sequence with Sandy that floors Sandy’s class of eager acting students. It’s interesting to watch an actor of Michael Douglas’ calibre bring this character to life with ease and finesse. It’s impossible to think of anyone else that could do this role justice. But unlike his character, Michael Douglas is still considered one of the best in the business (of acting) and won’t be turned away or overlooked for roles any time soon.
It’s Sandy’s vulnerability as an actor that opens him up to being such a fun character to watch despite his efforts to seem more “untouchable”. In this season, two monumental events impact Sandy’s life; the long road to recovery after his best friend’s passing and the appearance of his ex-wife Roz, played wonderfully by Kathleen Turner. Their back and forth banter is extremely comedic, and their on-screen chemistry is charming and works well. It’s also an interesting experience for an audience to watch an actor you know has had a successful career portraying an actor that thinks he’s all washed-out and done for.
Sandy would be the first person to admit that “those who can’t do, teach”, but that isn’t entirely the case. About halfway through the season, something huge (separate from the events mentioned above) fundamentally impacts Sandy’s life. This change sets up the last few episodes and solidifies Sandy’s relationships in various ways.
It was a huge blast to see Paul Riser active in a relatively important role in the series, and Morgan Freeman’s appearance is also perfectly timed and gives Sandy a shot at showing just what he’s made of as an actor. It was also quite obvious that a few scenes involving Sandy’s acting class is a small dig at the facade that makes up the Hollywood life of an aspiring actor.
It’s a little bit of “dog eat dog” going on, and Sandy does his best to weed out this mentality from his acting class. I thought this was an important milestone for Sandy because it shows us just how grounded he has become after years of dealing with actors, acting, and the people in Hollywood in general. Sandy is every bit the caring and supportive teacher, parent and ex-husband underneath that “easy-going” exterior.
I’m not really a fan of dramedy. I don’t regularly watch dramas with comedy, and I’ve gone out of my way to avoid comedy in movies as well. But I have to say that the Kominsky Method really took me by surprise, and I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Even if it’s not your cuppa tea, you should definitely consider checking it out. The ratings for this show are excellent, which makes sense because the calibre of the acting talent and the writing is solid and entertaining.
The final season of The Kominsky Method is going to blow some fans away. The subtle humour mixed in masterfully with some pretty important life lessons is the foundation of what makes this show so likeable, even for someone who doesn’t usually watch dramedies.
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