Someone please find another movie script for Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. Kevin Costner is a seasoned mature actor now, one who has graced the cover of AARP Magazine. He's no longer the young newcomer who stole the all-star western Silverado in 1985 with his big screen charisma and then went on to box office stardom in Bull Durham (1988) and the now-classic Field of Dreams (1989). Besides having movie star charisma and, as James Earl Jones remarked, a quality like that possessed by Hollywood legend Gary Cooper, Costner proved his acting and directing talents in Dances with Wolves. He directed himself and two other co-stars to Oscar nominations. He won the Oscar for Best Director and the film won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1990. Costner hasn't had a box office winner in a while but you must give Costner credit for challenging himself as an actor compared to someone like, say, Bruce Willis who has confused squinting with acting. He squinted through his latter day Die Hard action hero sequels. He squinted through this year's tiresome action thriller, Vice. He even squinted last week on TV announcing the Tony Award nominees. Costner will vary his roles, his script choices and he doesn't always play it safe. He's an upscale L.A. widower with an alcohol problem who seeks custody of his bi-racial granddaughter in BLACK OR WHITE.
As I wrote up top, it would be great to see the two stars reunited in another project. Black or White is out on Blu-ray this week.