Prairie Home Companion
Rating = B+
This is a sweet
film — gentle, amusing, lots of music, and so forth. Even though the
movie isn't consistently strong, it is great to have an image (albeit
fictional) of how a Prairie Home Companion radio show works.
I tend to disagree with people who think Altman has been making more
minor movies recently in contrast to such greats as “Mash” and
“Nashville.” I thought “Dr. T \& the Women,” “The Gingerbread
Man,” and “Gosford Park” were all very good movies (although the
first two were not quite as good as the latter), and I completely
enjoyed “Cookie's Fortune.” “Prairie Home Companion” is certainly
at the same level as the last mentioned two films.
[Rewatched the film on DVD, October 10, 2009] I enjoyed the movie as much as
the first time during this reprise viewing. And watching the bonus features
was, in fact, a wonderful bonus.