Everyone knows exactly what kind of film this is going to be from the opening scene. Itís no surprise that the cold hearted, greedy Max will learn the value of family and friendship through a series of humorous mishaps and with the love of a shapely French woman. So the issue, of course, is whether or not we care about the characters involved. This reviewer did not care and found the journey of self-discovery to be painstakingly long and downright boring.
Iím a huge fan of Ridley Scott and he normally does a great job of telling stories in creative and interesting ways. However, with this turn, I got the feeling he was more interested in taking a vacation in France than putting effort into his film. The same can be said for the normally inspired Russell Crowe. It just seemed like he was annoyed someone was filming his holiday in Europe.
Iím also sick of Hollywoodís fascination with wine. Maybe I donít ďgetĒ it, but wine is just a tasty beverage to me. I donít see the link between wine and lifeís great mysteries. Also, the whole American-discovering-him/herself-in-Europe has been done before, and done better. See A WALK IN THE CLOUDS and UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN for reference. So it was bad enough that the movie wasnít very good, but I couldnít help but think the whole time that Iíd seen it before.
Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott Promo (2:34): Ridley and Russell sit down have a conversation over a handful of movie clips. Itís decent, and it seems like these two have a lot of fun together.
There are also some Previews, TV spots and Music Videos.