Coda: Directed by Claude Lalonde. With Patrick Stewart, Katie Holmes, Giancarlo Esposito, Christoph Gaugler. A famous pianist struggling with stage fright late in his career finds inspiration with a free-spirited music critic.
Patrick Stewart’s recent films and television shows have nearly all dealt with coming to terms with aging, dying, and what you leave behind, and Coda is no different in that regard. Much like Logan or Star Trek: Picard, the character that he plays here is at the end of a long and storied career, with all the ups and downs that someone trying to do their very best while living in the spotlight would entail. I was halfway expecting a twist of some sort to come in towards the end of the film, but there’s no twist that distracts from the three main leads doing their very best to give us an amazing story of how self doubts that can creep in, no matter how good you are at your craft.
It’s not lost on me either that I read a completely unrelated to Stewart book trilogy dealing with ending the Trek Lit extended universe that used the same title.