BY MIRIAM RINN
Two men past retirement age go on a vacation in Iceland, looking for adventure and good times. Once married to sisters, the men have not seen each other in years, but reconnect when Mitch invites Colin over and tells him that he has booked the surprise trip for the two of them. A retired surgeon, Mitch is the one with the money, the good ol’ boy manner, and the enthusiasm. The more reserved Colin has an Australian accent and is recovering from a bad second marriage after his first wife’s death. What lies ahead for these two wild and crazy guys?
That is the premise of the quirky geezer comedy “Land Ho!” but unlike other movies in this genre, the melancholy that attends getting older is not totally ignored. Mitch insists that life is too short to sit still and describes their trip as an attempt to get their groove back, but co-writers/directors Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz recognize that getting older inevitably involves loss and regret. That recognition cuts the saccharine sentimentality that makes so many of these movies hard to take and basically dishonest.