“The Magic Of Belle Isle”

I recently was doing the Netflix equivalent of channel surfing when I came across a movie that I’d never heard of before called “The Magic of Belle Isle”. I wasn’t particularly intrigued by the name and was about to move on to the next possible movie when I noticed that Morgan Freeman starred in, and Rob Reiner directed, it. As I don’t recall seeing a bad movie that Morgan Freeman starred in, and I have enjoyed all or most of the movies Rob Reiner directed, I decided to give it 10-20 minutes to see if it might be worth finishing.

I was hooked within minutes. It is labeled a drama, but I laughed a lot too, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Mr. Freeman was excellent as a bitter drunken wheelchair-bound ex-writer, and Virginia Madsen played a mother of three girls who is going through the final stages of a divorce. Her middle daughter “hires” the writer to help her to find and develop her imagination so she can become a writer herself. Along the way, a series of children’s stories involving an elephant and a mother mouse play an important role in a most unusual romance.

I highly recommend this move for those who enjoy “feel-good” movies. I love them; as I love this little treasure.


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and the beauty of kindness and nature.
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9 Responses to “The Magic Of Belle Isle”

  1. Judy says:

    Sounds great Russ thanks for sharing. I will try and download it. cheers Judy 🙂

  2. Andrea Kelly says:

    Definitely adding this to my Netflix queue, it sounds like a good one. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. mindfuldiary says:

    Will remember the title of the movie. I’m always looking for a good laugh. 😀

    • russtowne says:

      Cool! (That is a word that was popular when I went to high school 40 years ago and it has stuck with me all that time. We’re loyal to each other!)

      (I’m so frugal I don’t even like to discard words. ;-D! That poor word probably earned its retirement many years ago…)

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