Thursday, 14 April 2011
Life hasn't been kind to Barney. A short lived, ill fated first marriage is followed by a second marriage which delivers Barney to the love of his life. Unfortunately that love isn't his second wife. And so to the highs and lows of a third marriage.
Paul Giamatti is perfectly cast as Barney; self absorbed, selfish, foul mouthed, unreliable and...lovable. Barney's Version relates his life from decadent expatriate years spent in 1970s Europe to a style of family respectability in 'Noughties' Canada.
In a fine cast, Dustin Hoffman delivers his funniest and best performance in years as Barney's father.
Highly recommended for those who 'get' quirky Jewish humour.