Another Round Movie Review
It’s usually a sin to begin a movie review talking about the final scene of said movie, but if nothing else, the ending to Another Round is a triumph, a beautiful, amazing, joy-filled ode to beauty, amazement, and yes, joy.
The rest of the movie is pretty good, too.
About four high school teachers who decide to put to the test a study that indicates that operating at a consistent 0.05 blood-alcohol level (not drunk, just happy) is the key to a fulfilling life, Another Round is an endearing, relatively lighthearted drama that manages to take seriously its seemingly screwball concept and give us yet another great Mads Mikkelsen performance.
There’s nothing profound about Another Round, and despite IMDb indicating it’s a comedy, it really isn’t. But it’s a superbly made exploration of four men facing personal crises (big and small) in their lives and the way they respond. Director Thomas Vinterberg (2012’s The Hunt, which also stars Mikkelsen, and Dear Wendy) and co-writer Tobias Lindholm successfully straddle a narrow line. The movie could have gone in many directions, and easily descended into outrageous comedy. It could have also turned into account of four men spiraling out of control because, as you can imagine, drinking continuously to maintain a 0.05 blood-alcohol level, even when at work, doesn’t typically end well. And yet Another Round raises its nose at such conventional approaches (the one can only presume what an American remake of this movie would look like) and sets its own path.
While some have praised the film--to be frank, I may have overlooked it entirely if not for certain recommendations--I simply found Another Round amusing and entertaining, nothing more, nothing less. Like a night out with the guys where a few rounds of beers are exchanged, Another Round is a fun experience while it lasts, but not necessarily something you’ll harken back to years from now.
There’s nothing wrong with that, of course.
Another Round goes down like a smooth lager, an easy-to-consume and deceptively complex little film. Mikkelsen, too, delivers a deceptively excellent performance as a man who has lost his way and sees an opportunity to rediscover who he is.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.