I really enjoyed the story and the direction. I thought the characters were very interesting and I cared about all of them. I think very highly of Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman and they did wonderful jobs here. I donít really care too much for J-Lo, but she didnít take anything away from the film and with the company she was in, thatís a complement.
The biggest problem with the film is its length. Basically, itís a three-hour movie crammed into less than two hours. Each character has a deep and rich history that we needed to experience rather than hear about. Also, each character underwent a change that needed more time to develop. We needed a deeper exploration of why they were like they were and how they ended up in the way they did.
Itís not often that I ask a filmmaker to make a longer movie, but Mr. Hallstrom really needed to spend more time on these great characters. With such a talented cast, thereís no excuse not to give them a chance and the time to really explore their roles.
With the glaring problems aside, I would say that this movie still manages to be enjoyable and does give us some interesting characters that make for a compelling drama. The scenery was beautiful and I thought Mr. Hallstrom did an admirable job of weaving together the many stories given the time constraints. With another hour and some careful screenplay additions, I think this couldíve been a fantastic film.
Making of An Unfinished Life (8:51): So the cast and crew tell you what itís supposed to be about and I agree, but they just didnít follow through with it on screen. Anyway, this featurette is just your standard fluff piece.
Training Bart the Bear (10:03): Bart is one cool bear. I enjoyed the bear subplot. Iím assuming none of these people watched GRIZZLY MAN, otherwise they would be a little more careful. Well, maybe Morgan Freeman saw it, because he didnít want anything to do with the bear. This is a good featurette and Iím amazed they can train a bear to be that well behaved.
Thereís also some Previews and a Still Gallery.