Ruth & Alex review – affable company

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Manhattan - 1979

Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton play an elderly bohemian couple considering selling their characterful Brooklyn apartment and moving to Manhattan.

As they receive intrusive hordes of prospective buyers and worry about their ailing dog, Keaton does her patented fluster and Freeman embodies wry sanity amid the neurosis, bustle and intolerance of contemporary New York.

They’re both affable company, and there are a few enjoyably cranky supporting turns, but Richard Loncraine’s gentle comedy-drama, released as 5 Flights Up in the US, is a dusty, undemanding piece of Sunday afternoon liberalism.

Powered by article was written by Jonathan Romney, for The Observer on Sunday 26th July 2015 08.00 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010