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A Good Year
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Mar 23, 2007 By: Sturdy
A Good Year order
Director:
Ridley Scott

Actors:
Russell Crowe
Marion Cotillard
Albert Finney

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When Maxís uncle dies, he must travel to France to deal with his estate. While there, he meets a beautiful French woman that helps him realize his apparently perfect life is void of everything thatís actually important.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I think the thing that A GOOD YEAR will forever be known for is the fact that very few people even know it exists. I find it crazy that in this day and age, a movie starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott could fly this far under the radar. Especially since the last time these two collaborated, their film went on to win 5 Oscars. With that said, I canít say that the general public will miss much by not seeing A GOOD YEAR.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Postcards From Provence (39:17): This is a feature-length ďtrackĒ that can be selected to play along with the film. Itís part commentary, part featurette. Personally, I thought this innovative way to give a behind the scenes look at a film was better than the film itself. It was pretty in-depth with interesting factoids sprinkled throughout.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I appreciate the idea of making a small, personal story about finding love and happiness, but there are plenty of better examples out there than A GOOD YEAR. Iíd leave this one alone and hope that the next collaboration between Scott and Crowe works better than this.
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