Land Ho!


Main Plot Points:

  • Mitch, a bawdy former surgeon, convinces mild-mannered Colin, his ex-brother-in-law, to embark on an unplanned trip to Iceland with him.
  • In an effort to get their grooves back, the odd couple set off on a road trip that takes them through trendy Reykjavik to the rugged outback.
  • Mitch and Colin’s picaresque adventures through Iceland evolve into a candid exploration of aging, loneliness and friendship.

What We Thought:

  • Starring two actors from relative obscurity, Land Ho! is a surprisingly fascinating film of ex-brother-in-laws taking a trip to Iceland. Mitch and Colin are probably both in their 70’s, but they’re determined to get away from their lives in America.
  • Featuring some magnificent Icelandic backdrops, Mitch and Colin visit the hot springs, experience nightlife with people 50 years their junior, and exploring some beautiful rural locales in the country striking up slice-of-life conversations with whoever they come in contact with.
  • Mitch seems to always have a friendly/exuberant demeanor, but in reality, he’s just as sullen as his friend Colin who projects this attitude. As different as they seem, their on-screen chemistry amongst two actors and amongst two characters, it just fits perfectly.
  • Land Ho! is less about a sexy storyline and more about just taking the journey of life to find out what’s really important. There’s a sense of reflection in almost every scene of this film where the main characters are giving some good nuggets of advice for the younger people they encounter along the way.
  • It doesn’t come off as: “when I was your age,” it comes off as genuinely interesting.
  • From the opening scenes and throughout the rest of the film, Mitch and Colin’s chemistry is absolutely fantastic. I actually had to check to see if this was a documentary after their initial conversation because it just came off as a real conversation amongst two long-time friends.
  • Is this film for everyone? Not at all, but if you like movies about reflecting on life to see what’s really important, Land Ho! clearly strikes all the right notes. I highly encourage you to watch this film.

Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Commentary with Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Lynn Nelson, Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz
  • Los Angeles Film Festival Q&A with Paul Eenhoorn, Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz and Elizabeth McKee

Notable Cast & Crew:

  • No one you’ve ever heard of

Recommended if You Like:

  • Films that are reflective of life

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