Last Word, The

Featured In Issue 218, July/August 2017

WSR Score3
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The Last Word follows Harriet Lauler (MacLaine), a once-successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life. As she reflects upon her accomplishments, Harriet is suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne Sherman (Seyfried), to pen her life's story. When the initial result doesn't meet Harriet's high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered, dragging Anne along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a unique bond, which alters not only Harriet's legacy but also Anne's future. (Gary Reber)

Special features include upfront previews and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upscaled to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally. The imagery is natural throughout, with a real-life color palette that never exaggerates. Hues are warm, with almost a golden glow. Fleshtones are perfectly natural throughout. Contrast is quite good, with natural black levels and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is terrific, with the finest detail revealed in facial features especially, and in close-ups of hair, clothing, and object textures, such as building facades, furniture, and interior environments. This is a colorful picture with warmth and excellent resolution. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is pretty much dialogue focused, with surround envelopment provided by the music score. Deep bass is generally absent, but then there is really no call for it. Atmospherics are generally light. Dialogue is intelligible throughout, with generally good spatial integration. Overall, this is a simple soundtrack with little surround envelopment but complementary to the storytelling. (Gary Reber)