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A Good Year

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Enjoyable Hollywood romance w/ nice rhythms

An uneven, perhaps predictable, yet likeable movie. Russell Crowe doesn't command the ship that slays the gladiators and gets shot in the jaw saving the good guy in LA. Instead, there's a vineyard. A lovely French landscape. A pretty French woman "okay, so pretty is an ...
An uneven, perhaps predictable, yet likeable movie. Russell Crowe doesn't command the ship that slays the gladiators and gets shot in the jaw saving the good guy in LA. Instead, there's a vineyard. A lovely French landscape. A pretty French woman "okay, so pretty is an understatement". And a lot of conventional Hollywood romance. So, relax. Enjoy. Smile. "A Good Year" is kinda charming, and it has nice rhythms.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Pablum for an Evening's View

Peter Mayle's popular novel 'A Year in Provence' has been transferred to the screen by screenwriter Marc Klein under the odd direction of Ridley Scott, best known for such films as 'Hannibal', 'Gladiator', 'Matchstick Men', 'Thelma and Louise', 'Black Hawk Down', 'Blade...
Peter Mayle's popular novel 'A Year in Provence' has been transferred to the screen by screenwriter Marc Klein under the odd direction of Ridley Scott, best known for such films as 'Hannibal', 'Gladiator', 'Matchstick Men', 'Thelma and Louise', 'Black Hawk Down', 'Blade Runner' etc. and the result may surprise many viewers. No, this is not a shocker of a film but rather a too familiar tale of a man obsessed with making money who inherits a vineyard and chateau in Provence from the uncle that served as his family as a child and in returning to the old estate, finds the earth and his memories too long buried about how he loved the space of arrested time of his childhood. The man is British financial wizard Max Skinner (Russell Crowe in a very subdued performance) who as a young bright lad (Freddie Highmore) lived with Uncle Henry Skinner (Albert Finney), learning the ins and outs of growing grapes and making wine. Max returns to the chateau after Uncle Henry's death with all intentions of polishing up the neglected place to place on the market to make yet more money. The live-in couple who maintain the place (Francis Duflot - Didier Bourdon - and his wife Ludivine - Isabelle Candelier) challenge Max's decision to sell the place, hiding some secrets about the vintages that will eventually alter the course of the story. Max slowly falls in love with his memories of his childhood, reconnecting with his love for his uncle, discovering a young beauty Fanny (Marion Cotillard) who owns a bistro and was actually a childhood 'friend' to Max, and also discovering that the philandering uncle had an illegitimate daughter Christie (Abbie Cornish) who visits the chateau to get to know who her father was (bringing along a deep knowledge of winemaking from California's Napa Valley!). The film is then a struggle between Max's obsession with money as abetted by his home coworkers Gemma (Archie Panjabi) and Charlie (Tom Hollander) and his changing need and love for the life and memories bound tightly to his Provence chateau. How it all works out is the relaxing if predictable finale of the story. The cast is attractive (including even a bit part for the beautiful and talented Valeria Bruni Tedeschi!) and seem to meld with Ridley Scott's concept of offering a little fluff of French dessert. It is light in vein but beautiful to look at and it is interesting to see Scott and Crowe together in a non-violent venture! Grady Harp

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    I was most disappointed in the movie because it rarely followed

    I was most disappointed in the movie because it rarely followed the book. The missed opportunity is when the screenwriters chose to manipulate the story and make Max an arrogant, greedy, self-centered jackass. His character isn't supposed to be running from his mistakes, he's supposed to be solving the mystery of who makes and controls the beautiful boutique wine from his vineyard, not the swill that it supposedly produces.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a waste of 2 hours

    I'm genuinely surprised to read so many positive reviews of this movie. The plot is flat and predictable, the acting dull and lifeless. It was everything I could do to finish this one, and I only managed that because I figured I had paid for it, so I may as well see if it was going to get better...but it doesn't. Definitely glad I rented this and didn't spend more money to see it in a theater.

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    Posted July 24, 2010

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