Needless-to-say, I've been keeping close tabs on the film, for which Mick serves as executive producer. (Much as I'm looking forward to the movie, when the ads come on, what I most look forward to are the credits...) I have a screening of it coming soon, but Mick saw it a couple days ago. He'd seen a rough cut, a while back, but this was the first time he saw everything completed. What he wrote to me was --
"Hard to be objective, but pretty spectacular. And very emotional for all of us." Obviously, as he notes, it's impossible for him to be anything other than deeply subjective, but that can work both ways. When one is so close to something, your standards and expectations are far higher, and it's therefore easier to be let down. Still, this isn't an objective view. But he went on to say, "It is a remarkable experience, and one I'm happy for Louie and Cynthia (and me!) to have. With such a long, eventful life, it's tough to see some things tightened or left out or emphasis changed here or there, but every bit of it is true, and Angie is a great filmmaker and wonderful human being. She's been great with all of us, and her friendship with Louie was remarkable."
Until we get to the movie soon enough, here's a quite-wonderful feature on Louie that CBS Sunday Morning did after the book was published. Lots of footage of him, along with conversations with Laura Hillenbrand (with whom he had a great relationship), and you'll see on-camera why he's a gem.