Feast of Love Reviews
[font=Century Gothic]Enter Diana(Radha Mitchell) into Bradley's life.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Feast of Love" is an artistically shot, sporadically erotic but dramatically inert movie that has to less to say about love, then about how afraid most people are to be alone. Take Bradley for instance. He is a charming, funny guy who also lacks perception(weird for an artist) and moves quickly from one relationship to another with abandon, getting serious without knowing his partner. And it is a good bet that he never suspected that Kathy was attracted to women until it was too late. It is either that or the scene where she meets Jenny reinforces the ugly stereotype that not only are lesbians out to seduce heterosexual women but that all softball players and athletic women for that matter are lesbians.(Or is it the other way around. I get confused.) In conclusion, the movie might have had a chance of working if Bradley's storyline had been severely truncated. Plus, no matter how good it is to see Fred Ward in anything these days, his performance comes out of another movie entirely.[/font]
This is a story of Harry Stevenson (Morgan Freeman) who narrates about how love can affect one's life ... there is Bradley (Greg Kinnear) who owns a local coffee shop, and his wife Kathryn (Selma Blair) falls in love with Jenny (Stana Katic) and eventually leaves Bradley... we meet Chloe (Alexa Davalos) who comes to the Bradley's coffee shop looking for a job and Bradley's employee, Oscar (Toby Hemingway) falls instantly for her and convinces Bradley to hire her... you could watch heart-broken Bradley falling in love again with a realtor named Diana (Radha Mitchell) and marries her while Chloe and Oscar try to earn more money to get their own place by making a sex tape, but it doesn't sell for much... but wherever you look, whatever you see, love is the most important ingredient for all these events!
Feast of Love is an exceptionally well written film directed by Robert Benton (it was based on the 2000 novel The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter) and I enjoyed it very much! You could, too!
In the PG-13-rated ensemble drama Feast of Love, intertwining stories of life, love and attraction intertwine in a small Oregon community.
Yes, Freeman performs his narration gig, rendering the voiceover with a wink-wink all-knowingness. This is, of course, just what director Robert Benton wanted as it better inter-connects the vignettes of losers in love. Unfortunately, this standard fare (young people in love, middle-aged spouses cheating, older people coping with loss) proves, while not under-whelming, simply middling. The blame falls on a script that tends to wax gooey and sentimental. Even the most cynical of characters tends to live their lovelorn existence with the expectation of tidy resolution, which, of course, is exactly what happens. Perhaps, if Morgan Freeman narrated your life, you would expect the same.
Bottom line: More famine than feast.
This movie deals with mature issues (infidelity, abuse, addiction), and has a fair amount of nudity (breasts, backsides, and one fleeting full-frontal glimpse), graphic sex and one particularly disturbing moment, when a man hits a woman (and vice versa).
Bradley: "I wanted to feel as much pain in my body as I do in my heart"
Harry: "God is either dead or he despises us".
Bradley: "God doesn't hate us,if he did, then he wouldn't have made our hearts so brave."