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|A Good Year |
Actors: Russell Crowe, Abbie Cornish, Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard, Freddie Highmore
Director: Ridley Scott
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Max Skinner (Russell Crowe) is a highly successful investment expert with no time for life outside work. When his estranged uncle dies, Max inherits the vineyard in France where he grew up as a child, and his first intenti... more »
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Kathleen R. (Katchie) from UPLAND, CA
Reviewed on 7/9/2014...
I got this years ago and never watched it. Boy, was it good!!!!! I like Russell, but I liked the vinyard and villa more. It was a beautiful movie.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 12/29/2008...
Enjoyable romantic tale about a successful London trader who re-discovers life's finer passions. Reminded me of "Under the Tuscan Sun," but from a man's perspective (and in France, not Italy). Beautiful setting (French Provencal vineyards). Crowe shows his "softer, gentler" side in this film, and the beautiful Marion Cotillard captivates us all. Cool music videos featuring Crowe (he really sings) in the Special Features section.
4 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Barbara O. (Barbo) from HOLIDAY ISLE, AR
Reviewed on 12/28/2007...
Really enjoyed this love story in such a beautiful setting in France. Also, enjoyed watching the movie a 2nd time with the writer & director's overview. Acting was very good. I'm going to keep it awhile and watch it again.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 11/15/2007...
This was a sweet movie, not in line with the usual Russell Crowe action. It had the framework to be a great movie, but the producers didn't expound as much as I had hoped on Max's transformation. I would have liked to see a little more depth with such a huge life outlook change. Max went from a high strung, financially motivated jerk, to a laid back french vineyard owner with very little personal struggle. It was a funny, sweet movie. I would watch it again.
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
A very 'Good' film indeed...
Damian Gunn | I am everywhere | 12/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really don't understand all the bad reviews from critics and reviewers alike for I personally loved this movie. Now, it's not the grandest spectacle to grace the big screen nor is it Russell Crowe's finest hour, but `A Good Year' is some quality entertainment and serves it purpose in the relaxed and happy season that is fall. Having just seen the poorly made and highly overrated `Catch a Fire' I was ready to relax and watch something entertaining and enjoyable, and being the Russell Crowe fan that I undoubtedly am I decided that `A Good Year' would be just that movie.
Max Skinner (Crowe) is a stuck up British stock broker who at one time was a kind hearted soul, and his fondest memories are littered with his Uncle Henry (Finney) and his Chateau in France. Upon his Uncles death Max is left the sole owner of Henry's estate, and in like fashion he flies out there in order to sell if for profit and make it back ASAP. What he doesn't bank on is Christie Roberts (Abbie Cornish) showing up claiming to be the long lost daughter of Henry and claiming rights to his estate. Throughout the course of the film Max has to go through the stages of redemption, which include discovering the jerk he has become and rediscovering his inner child.
The two key components to his wonderful film is the scenery and the acting. The script and storyline as some have already pointed out is very unoriginal, we've seen this done plenty of times, but the beauty that is France, as well as the beauty that is Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard (who plays Fanny, the seductive woman who steals Max's heart) more than make up for the familiarity. Crowe is, as many know, my all time favorite actor ever, and I feel that he can carry any film he touches. Whether you are a fan of his phone throwing escapades or not, you have to admit that the man is gifted, very gifted. Here he proves that by being just as compelling and engrossing laughing and smiling as he is riding into battle. Albert Finney and Marion Cotillard are also wonderful here, but to me it was little Freddie Highmore (such a talented young man) who outshined most in the cast (can anyone outshine Crowe...I don't believe so).
As I said in the beginning, I don't understand all the bad press. So what if it's no `A Beautiful Mind' or `Gladiator', so what if Russell was not Lucky Jack or James Braddock, `A Good Year' is still a good time and Max Skinner is just as fun as Crowe ever was. I recommend it, I enjoyed it, no better yet, I loved every minute of it."
Time for a French view on this film maybe ?
Olivier Tichit | Indonesia | 03/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Oui, this is a "feel-good" movie. Oui, the script has almost no surprises in it. Oui, Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe and the rest of the cast must have had a great time shooting this.
Still, this movie delivers exactly what i expected. It made me smile, it made me laugh ("Lance Armstrong !"). It is a touch short on drama. Bon, to be honest the drama bit is poorly handled.
The actors are good and i did not feel i was making them a favour for paying to watch this movie. Ridley Scott delivers some nice views. Fair enough.
Relax, let the movie take you where you know it is going, and enjoy that simple pleasure. There are many movies out there with greater ambitions but that deliver far less."
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Movie Addict | San Diego California | 12/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I agree completely with "Damian." I don't understand all the bad reviews either. No point going over the plot again, you can read about it in several other reviews, but I saw it twice in the theater and it made me happy and relaxed. Of course it's not high drama or great literature, but it's certainly a nice respite after "The Fountain." And you have to laugh at the "Lance Armstrong" reference. Come on, people, lighten up out there!! Let's leave some room for these kinds of movies too."