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0 out of 0 users found this helpful abbie cornish ugly american
This is a wonderful movie and athough I have not read the book I was compelled to read it. the casting and susequent interaction between all the actors was magical. The scene when Max has just finished waiting tables at the restaurant and asks Fanny for a date and she refuses, his expression is so profound that it screams humanity. What I disliked was the performance of Abbie Cornish and after careful review of the movie I found that when a director can draw such sumptous performances from an entire cast that only a bad actress can bring such a intorable performance to this movie or the director simply allowed the actrss to exhibit her non-talent in order to highlight the bad manners of Americans. The dinner scene in which Max questions the legitimacy of Christy claim and she dramaticly gulps her drink and makes her exit made me hate her untill she performed so hideously as a drunk that I hated her more. Her performance or rather lack of, either by intent, or lack of talent prevented me from really enjoying this film.
0 out of 0 users found this helpful A GREAT YEAR!!!!!
This movie was pure enjoyment!!I loved it!Russell Crowe was so sweet and charming.Ridley Scott brought an amazing insight into the film and I literally have watched it over and over.I especailly love to watch the film with Ridley Scott's comentary on to get the little behind the scenes information.What a beautiful location and every character was witty and well rounded.Although the book is different I think I have enjoyed both equally.
0 out of 0 users found this helpful CRITIC WITH MORE THAN 1 MOVIE REVIEW
THE MOVIE WAS OK MOVIE, while i was watching it i couldn't believe how somone who has any good memories of when they was a little CHILD, can put a price tag on it.....The funny parts to me is when russel crowe was riding by the french cyclist team and yells out LANCE ARMSTRONG and flips them off......also the wine vinyard and views of france is amazing...stuff like that couldn't exsist here in the states......The movie also shows how money, job and career can blind you and keep you away from yourself and the ones you love.....and how big business don't care about your family or you and how someone is always out to get your job lol....but it's up to you to find out whats important...........The movie is a good movie if it's raining out side and you have a date over...............Not worth buying, and only worth renting if everything else is checked out..............But i will say it's def worth watching it when it comes on cable t.v...........just my opinion more reveiws comming....... NOT A MOVIE I COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN THATS WHY I GAVE IT 3 STARS.
0 out of 1 users found this helpful Lame Hollywood Adaptation
What a disappointment after such an enjoyable book. Peter Mayle is one of my favorite authors, and he consistently captures the flavor and the essence of life and culture in southern France. This movie was so completely LAME and off the mark. Very surprising, considering Ridley Scott was the director. Did his brain leave him on this movie? And Russell Crowe.. excellent actor, but how did he not capture even a hint of the character on which his part was written. A total waste of time. I wish I had just stayed with the fond memories I got from reading the book. UGH!
0 out of 1 users found this helpful There have been better years for sure!
This movie is one of only a hand full that I just could not watch all the way through. Russell Crowe has played some wonderful characters but in this film he over acted to present Max as a ruthless person only thinking of himself and finishing 1. The loss of his only relative, his Uncle, has no affect on him and after 75 minutes of slow and somewhat pointless dialogue this only leaves you begging for something to happen. As you watch you wish the effort to sell the character of Max would correlated into the storyline and development of the other actors roles. The flash backs of Maxs youth are the best part of the whole film but as he snaps out his past, there is no visible growth as he progress through the plot. This film has wonderful views of the estate Maxs Uncle left him and for this the film has a romantic undertone to it. Overall, the is not the worst film I have seen I was just hoping for more from this one. Your looking for a film that has beautiful views of the land and wonderful actiong, then please watch Walk in the Clouds. Wonderful movie.
1 out of 1 users found this helpful A Good Year
We loved this movie - the actors the scenery the food and wine it was a sweet sweet fun, fun film and should have won some awards! I think Ridley and Russell did a surperb job in this film...mabe alittle bit more of his cutthroat position in London would have been good - as in the book. the novel by the way, is absolutely fabulous too!
1 out of 1 users found this helpful Terrific Movie!
This is a wonderful movie about basic human values. If you dont get this movie, then you are probably not with it. It is a story for people with a rich and full experience of modern life . . . who understand the emptiness of urban culture and who appreciate and want a life of simplicty. Its just that simple.
0 out of 0 users found this helpful A Good Year
I enjoyed this light hearted comedy with Russel Crowe. I found the movie entertaining and left feeling pretty good. Close to what some would call a chick flick it is not a tear flicker or sad sob story.
0 out of 0 users found this helpful A Good film
As a female film buff whos collection features a number of films that could be classified as guy flicks (ie, war films, westerns etc) Im a bit weary of the tendency to classify a film as a chick film. Sports jokes, a heated tennis match, guys being guys as they stare down the front of a waitresses blouse, incest jokes and wine humor were all featured in this film and I would not qualify any of that as chick faire. Beautifully filmed, well acted, humorous (please note this film is a mix of comedy and drama), the story line examines the processes of memory and how lifes pursuits (especially material pursuits) can pull us away from what matters. Crowe demonstrates his gifts for quip humor and physical comedy, the female characters are strong, not decorative. And the always wonderful Tom Hollander gives us another terrifically subtle performance as Charlie Wills, the mercenary real estate broker with a calculator where his heart should be, suddenly distracted by the vision of an American goddess with a wine induced sunburn. The conclusion is no surpise but that does not take away from the fact that charming, funny and touching are topics suitable for all audiences, and A Good Year manages to be one of those rare adult film just for grown ups.
0 out of 0 users found this helpful actually 3 and a half stars
I have to admit...Im a big fan of Russell Crowe. This was not one his best performances but its still an extremely watchable movie. I went with my sister and a girlfriend because none of our husbands wanted to see this chick flick. This is what youd call a nice movie. As much as I love action flicks it was good to sit back, relax and look at the beautiful French countryside. The humor was pretty lame but so what? All three of us enjoyed it a lot. It did contain a lot of British slang. I guess what Im saying is that its perfect as a movie for the girls to go see.