A Good Year

B-
A Good Year
Rated PG-13; Directed by Ridley Scott; Starring Russell Crowe, Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard, Abbie Cornish, Tom Hollander

Man, watching a movie like “A Good Year” is not good for me. I left the theater wanting to book a vacation for a lovely little villa in the French countryside. It’s beautiful in the movie. As for the movie, it’s rather predictable with some fun scenes and a nice cast, but it is nowhere near perfect. Still, there is the gorgeous location.

Russell Crowe, going for a more lighthearted role than usual, plays ruthless Max Skinner, a financial wiz who loves to make enemies while he makes money. When he hears of his Uncle Henry’s (Albert Finney) death, Max is forced to travel to the south of France to take care of the estate. His memories of the happy times he spent in his childhood at this estate battle with his desires to sell the place and get back to the ruthless world he’s been living in.  Of course, you can guess how it will all work out. There’s a beautiful woman, Fanny (Marion Cotillard), whom Max woos. There’s the quirky couple who manage the estate vineyard. There’s also a young woman (Abbie Cornish) who shows up claiming to be Uncle Henry’s illegitimate daughter.

The script provides plenty of laughs as Max initially tries to rid himself of his uncle’s estate and the romance between Max and Fanny has some charm, but the film tries for something deeper in the second half and isn’t as successful.

Still, it’s not a bad film and has its moments. Plus, there is all that lovely scenery in the golden light. Mmmmm …now, how much would I have to save up for that villa for a week?

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