My mother introduced me to Don Shirley's music years ago. Not exactly my thing, but I appreciated the skill displayed. When I saw previews for this film back in September, I knew I had to take her to see it. For what it is -- a Hollywood production -- it is very, very good. Maybe even better than that, partly by virtue of its being somewhat understated in how it handles its "big issues." Mortensen and Ali are pretty much in every scene; they really carry the film with superb performances. Also surprising (to me, anyway) that Peter Farrelly (one of the Farrelly Bros.) helmed the production.