At Last. Kate and Hank! Hepburn and Fonda in On Golden Pond

On Golden Pond burnishes age with the art of Hepburn and Fonda

It begins with images of serenity: wild flowers gently stirring in an almost imperceptible spring breeze; loons, bright-eyed and sleek, afloat on untroubled waters; the lake itself shimmering in the backlight of a dying sun. The first glimpses of Golden Pond are washed with the kind of burnished light that colors our recollections of better places and better times past.

The first glimpses of the aged couple who are reopening their comfortable old summer house are suffused with a similar light,...