My Land Ho! review from the Sundance Film Festival:
A pair of former brothers-in-law take a trip to Iceland together. That's the story.
Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) is from Louisiana. He's a recently retired
doctor, and kind of a good old boy. He's likes to get high and he's
always up for a good time. His companion on the trip is Colin (Paul
Eenhoorn), an Australian who's kind of a sourpuss.
Their dynamic was probably inspired by Miles and Jack from Sideways.
Colin just wants to stay in, and Mitch wants to go out and party. Their
second day in Iceland, Mitch arranges a night on the town with two
young ladies. One of them is his niece, but he says "beautiful women
begat other beautiful women."
The first act of this movie was just delightful. Mitch is hilarious,
and it seemed like a good road trip movie was ahead of us. But the
movie gets to a point where it just seems like the screenwriter ran out
of ideas. The middle of the movie goes nowhere and the movie started to
As much fun as Mitch is, some of his dialogue seems very scripted and
out of character. He's always talking about sex, but once in a while he
says something that just seems over the top, even for him. The
rendezvous with the two women goes nowhere, which is good because it
would have been a bit creepy if either of the old guys had hooked up
with the young women. But they are only in the movie for about 10
minutes, and once they leave their presence is missed. After about a
half hour of just the two guys, I got tired of their company.
There is another nice encounter late in the movie. While at a natural
hot spring in the mountains of Iceland, they meet a Canadian woman. She
and Colin have nice chemistry together.
Besides the obvious similarities to Sideways, it also reminded me at
times of The Trip. While there are no Michael Caine impressions, they
do talk about movies a lot and there are Arnold Schwarzenegger
impressions. There is also a scene where they go out to dinner and the
camera takes time focusing on the dishes they're eating.
The movie is nice and sweet. Overall I did like the characters and
mostly enjoyed the time spent with them. But it seems like the movie
was lacking. There wasn't enough drama or pathos, and the laughs are
few and far between late in the movie. It's close, but I can't quite
recommend this movie.