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A Good Year is a fine example of a top-notch director and actor out of their elements, in a sappy romantic comedy lacking in charm and humor.
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Russell Crowe has many talents, but a gift for light comedy is not one of them.
There are some pretty funny things in there.
Crowe, a superb dramatic actor, is congenitally incapable of humour, especially when he tries slapstick.
On a rainy day, A Good Year may be welcome fantasy; the question is whether anyone will remember it after the clouds have parted.
Despite some stunning visuals and a lot of nice moments, the finished product feels like the work of an actor and director who are out of their element.
The overall effect is one of a sumptuously laid table where the main course is overcooked.
It's a film from which you'd expect the moon, the stars and the sun. What with an actor like Crowe and a director like Scott. Disappointingly, the talented duo gives you the most wishy-washy film of the year.
It's not so much A Good Year as A Good Yawn (if not A Full-on Nap).
Predictable but pleasant movie for teens and up.
Russell Crowe brings to bear his now-familiar acting tics in a not-so-tender romance by director Ridley Scott.
[Russel Crowe's] supply of quips and pratfalls is inexhaustible, even when he's trapped at the bottom of a swimming pool surrounded by peat and dry leaves. Alas, he escapes.
Under the Tuscan Sun for men
A Good Year is a perfectly enjoyable Sunday afternoon-type movie and an interesting departure for Hollywood heavyweights Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe. Crowe is Max, an arrogant, workaholic London stockbroker who inherits a vineyard in the south of France from his recently deceased uncle whom he hasn't seen in years but with whom he used to spend summers at the vineyard as a child. Max hurries down to Provence intending to sell the property as soon as possible and then resume his fast-track life in London several million pounds richer. Things however don't work out quite so simply. Will Max grow to love the vineyard and decide to stay there instead? Will he also fall in love with a local waitress? Will he become a nicer person in the process? No prizes for guessing the answers to these questions. To its credit, A Good Year pretty much wears its unoriginality on its sleeve and makes no effort to be anything that it isn't. It's certainly as far removed from Crowe and Scott's previous collaboration, Gladiator, as it's possible to be. It's simply a straightforward, fairly sentimental romantic comedy, nicely scripted and acted with some beautifully photographed French locations. It's nice to see Crowe attempting to broaden his range; he's by no means a natural comic but I did enjoy his performance which recalls both Cary and Hugh Grant at times. He's also helped by the script giving him some very funny one-liners. The film makes full use of its lush Provencal locations with plenty of golden, sun-dappled cinematography, all the more beautiful for being set alongside the steely blues and greys of London. No reinvention of the cinematic wheel then, and far from either Crowe or Scott's best work but there are a lot worse ways to spend a couple of hours. 4 1/2 Stars 2-9-14
Altho well made and scripted, with an A-list cast to boot, and Ridley Scott's sublime direction, there's nothing fresh in this generic romcom, making for quality yet forgettable fare.
It's a Romantic-Comedy that fails in the romance and comedy department. The story is oddly paced and Crowe seems a little lost trying to play a character in a Rom-Com.
"Pardon my lips. They find joy in the most unusual places."
Russell Crowe as Max Skinner, a hardened English businessman, who finds his heart being softened when he inherits his beloved late uncles chateau and vineyard in the French countryside. He works hard only to get a "vacation" and slowly begins to appreciate the simple things in life... the acting around the table (led by Russell Crowe) is one of the best i've seen so far in a drama film, for a long time even though im not a huge fan of RC ,and Freddie Highmore, who played Crowes character when he was young also delivered a stellar performance in my opinion.
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