“Jules” explores the lives of three senior citizens in Boonton, Pennsylvania, who encounter an extraterrestrial visitor after a flying saucer crash. While it may evoke thoughts of “E.T.” and “Cocoon,” the film focuses on the isolation of older Americans in the 21st century. Ben Kingsley plays Milton Robinson, a man with early onset Alzheimer’s who finds meaning in attending city council meetings. The movie delves into themes of memory, regret, and the passage of time.
Despite its promising premise, “Jules” struggles to balance its exploration of seniors’ lives with its science-fiction elements. The performances of Kingsley and the supporting cast, including Harriet Sansom Harris and Jane Curtin, ground the film in reality. However, it occasionally succumbs to indie film clichés, such as an overly reassuring score. While it presents a unique blend of drama and science fiction, “Jules” leaves viewers with a sense of unfulfilled potential. Visit Netnaija for more!