You may have seen me previously mention the documentary titled “Some Kind of Heaven” that was filmed in The Villages.
It’s set for a limited theater release on January 8, 2021 and a Video On Demand release on January 15, 2021.
Just before Christmas, one of the public relations folks working on the film reached out and asked if I’d like a special link to watch it early.
I never knew this gig came with so many perks! (I’m laughing sarcastically/loudly after typing that.)
Of course I replied yes!
I watched the movie last week and here are my thoughts.
First I’d like to say that I’m a big movie fan, but I’m not a film critic. So, I’ll leave the comments on the style/execution of the film to the experts.
If you want my one sentence review, here it is:
Some Kind of Heaven wasn’t what I wanted or hoped it would be, but I think anyone living in or considering The Villages for their retirement should watch it.
Want the longer version of my thoughts? Here they are…
I’ll begin by saying it was pretty cool to see The Villages on the big-screen (well it was my iPad but you catch my drift).
Some Kind of Heaven is certainly not a “feel-good” movie. In fact, you might be a little conflicted about it for hours or days afterwards.
You should be warned though, the film does feature drug use and talk of sex/masturbation, so it’s probably best not to watch it with your church group or with anyone who has virgin eyes or ears (ha!).
A lot of people were worried that Some Kind of Heaven would be a “hit piece” on The Villages. Some viewers may come away saying that it was, but I see it differently.
Do I think that there will be people who might be considering The Villages now who will watch the film and change their minds about moving here?
But my main thought after watching Some Kind of Heaven and letting it set in for a week or so is that it was not so much a film designed to be negative towards The Villages, but more so a movie about aging that happened to be set in The Villages.
In that sense it reminded me a lot of “Kings Point” if you happened to see that documentary about the Kings Point 55+ development down in Delray Beach.
The basic premise being that getting old can suck, and things don’t always work out the way we planned.
Now, of course the director used The Villages name recognition and some of the unique aspects of The Villages to get people interested in the film.
You would too if you were trying to draw attention to your film.
As far as the main characters are concerned, they were clearly chosen to stand out, or rather because they do stand out.
I would not say that any of the main characters is your “typical Villager”.
Unfortunately that’s the impression people who aren’t familiar with The Villages (and the people who live there) will probably come away with.
But again, I do recommend you try to watch Some Kind of Heaven, if for no other reason than to know what your friends/family who have watched it will have seen.
Here's a list of where it's playing in Florida:
FT MYERS/NAPLES: Paragon Pavilion/Naples, Silverspot/Naples
JACKSONVILLE: Epic 16/St. Augustine, Epic 14/Palm Coast
MIAMI/FT LAUDERDALE: Cinema Paradiso/Hollywood, Savor Cinema/Fort Lauderdale, Paragon Ridge/Davie, Silverspot/Coconut Creek, Silverspot/Miami, Cobb Cinebistro at Cityplace Doral, Cobb Cinebistro at Dolphin Mall, CMX Brickell City Center/Miami, Miami Lakes 17/Miami Lakes, iPic Luxury Cinemas/North Miami Beach
ORLANDO/DAYTONA: Festival Bay Orlando, Cobb Plaza Café Orlando, Studio Movie Grill Sunset Walk Kissimmee, Epic 16 Clermont, Epic 12 Mount Dora, Epic Ocala, Reilly Arts Center Ocala (1/28, 1/30 – 1/31), Oaks Melbourne, Cinema World West Melbourne, Merritt Square 16 Merritt Island, Epic West Volusia 12 Deltona, Cobb Daytona Luxury Daytona.
TALLAHASSEE: CMX Fallschase 14
TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG: CMX Cinebistro at Hyde Park/Tampa, Tyrone Luxury 10/St. Petersburg, Countryside 12 Clearwater, Xscape/Riverview, Lakeside Village 18 Lakeland, Studio Movie Grill/Seminole, Touchstar Cinema Spring Hill 8/Spring Hill
SARASOTA:CMX Cinebistro Siesta Southgate 7
WEST PALM BEACH: Cinemark Palace 20/Boca Raton, iPic Luxury Cinemas Mizner Park/Boca Raton, iPic Luxury Cinemas, Delray Beach, CMX Cinemas Wellington/Wellington, CMX Downtown at the Gardens/Palm Beach Gardens, Cinepolis Jupiter, Cinema World/Vero Beach, Touchstar Cinema Sabal Palms, Fort Pierce
Let me know what you think in the comments down below after you watch the film!