Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin established their onscreen chemistry with 1980’s 9 to 5. Since then, they appeared together on the critically acclaimed Netflix series Grace and Frankie. This year has seen them reunite for two films, 80 for Brady and Moving On. While 80 for Brady is harmless fluff, Moving On gives both women material worthy of their talent. A dark comedy described as a quest for vengeance, is about how the secrets in our past can affect every decision we make in the future.
An old friend Joyce has passed away. Claire (Fonda) has decided to make the journey to say her goodbyes. Evelyn (Lily Tomlin), Joyce’s college pal, also makes the trip to pay her respects, reuniting her with Claire. While sadness is evident at the event, Claire has something else on her mind. She intends to kill Joyce’s widower husband, Howard (Malcolm McDowell) Why remains a mystery until much later in the film. I don’t intend to reveal the answer, except to say she has a valid reason for hating him. As it turns out, Evelyn has her own reason for hating Howard too. Claire confesses her plan, which Evelyn initially dismisses, but eventually agrees to help.
Difficult to write about without revealing significant plot details, some of the subplots feel underdeveloped, particularly one involving Lily Tomlin’s character and the grandson of a nursing home resident. While touching, its underdeveloped state leaves you wanting more. Whatever it’s flaws, Moving On is held together by strong performances from Fonda and Tomlin, as well as welcome turns from Malcolm McDowell, who has made a career out of playing wicked characters and Richard Roundtree (Shaft) as Ralph, Claire’s ex-husband, who makes the most of limited screen time.
Lionsgate has delivered a near flawless 1080p transfer. Presented in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio, color pops off the screen. The many outdoor scenes look natural throughout. The image is precise and well rendered. Detail is strong and contrast appears appropriate.
Moving On features a solid DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that offers significant surround activity throughout. Strong ambient environmental sounds add to the overall appeal of things. Side and rear channels are well rendered when needed. Dialogue is clean, clear and concise throughout.
English SDH and Spanish subtitles are available.
The following extras are included:
- Photo Gallery (HD, 1:39)
- Theatrical Trailer (HD, 2:02)