Movie Roulette: Batteries Not Included – Review
Starring: Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Peña
Directed by: Mathew Robbins
Released in 1987 by Universal Studios
When tenants of an apartment block discover they are to be demolished they are at the end of their rope. They have no hope of saving the building, of saving their homes, lives and friends. The situation seems desperate and without an answer, until one night, someone forgets to close their bedroom window… They get unexpected visitors that will turn their whole lives upside down and bring some much needed chaos in the dreary days they had been living recently.
The absolute treasure of this movie is without a doubt Jessica Tandy. Her role was amazing in the movie and she is just such a grande dame of acting. I simply adore her. She is often seen with Hume Cronyn whom was her husband so of course their scenes together are just pure gold.
Famed for her roles in Driving Miss Daisy, Fried Green Tomatoes and Coccoon she is the lady you know you saw somewhere in your childhood and she always has stayed around.
I love the fact that this movie almost entirely relates on older actors to take on the lead roles and it makes it that much more real and vulnerable.
There is a scene where you will see a tiny baby spaceship with a tile and that gets to me every darn time. I try not to spoil it but if you have seen it you’ll know which scene I mean and it is a quite pivotal one to the movie as well. It got to me as a little kid and it still gets to me that many years later. It is hard to describe more of this movie without spoiling it but if you have not seen this movie yet , I urge you to see it as soon as possible because you are missing out on a tiny little diamond of hope and love.
Overall score: 4.5/5