The Good Year had a Pinch of Gamma (when it should have been a squeeze!)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance and Adaptation
Running Time:
1 hr. 58 min.
Release Date:
November 10th, 2006 (wide)
MPAA Rating:
PG-13 for language and some sexual content.
20th Century Fox Distribution

Directed by: Ridley Scott

JJ Rating: B

The Good Year is about a man who is an investment expert, who finds out that his uncle he had visited during the summer as a child, has died. He goes down to the Vineyard to sign paper work but then he is suspended from his job for fraud. So for a week he stays there as he tries to decide if he wants to sell the ch√Ęteau, he has inherited, or keep it.

The movie had fun moments. It was good to see Russell Crowe actually smiling in a roll for more than two seconds. It had some witty moments but besides that it was a bit bland and not rich in flavor as the wine in the famous bottle apparently has in the movie. They do go on and on about it and make that face as if they just kissed their fingers and flung them out and then said, “Perfect”. There were too many stories going on and not enough development that made it worth caring about what was going on, even with Crowe’s character.

I had a few favorite scenes. In the preview they show Crowe at the bottom of a pool. That was one of my favorite scenes because it was a fun scene. Crowe did well to make the scene fun and I laughed as he started to float around. I like all the scenes with the character Gamma and I’ll state why later. Crowe stating the line “Good morning lab rats” almost seems as if he could be the only one that could ever pull that off without sounding condescending. The movie as a whole was brightly shot and there was not a lot of gloom, which I liked. It was a good feel-good movie, but not good enough for me.

The acting was alright. Russell Crowe was good as always. He does have a knack for acting. But everyone else was just there. I guess I could state that they were good as well. If I cannot notice they are acting and I think of them just as people then it can be said that they did a good acting job. So I am stating that no one did an outstanding job in this movie. I almost think they didn’t have enough to work with and couldn’t be outstanding if they wanted.

Archie Panjabi plays Gamma and I have to say she was attractive in that role. I found her to be the most attractive female in the whole movie. She also added something to the movie. She had that great dominate female presences without being over barring. Her scenes were the scenes I wanted to see the most and when she wasn’t on the screen I missed her.

I thought the story idea was a alright, but the delivery of the movie was boring. I’ll watch it again if I saw it on TV, but I don’t think I’ll buy it. If I do buy it, it’s because Panjabi made me do it. I think movies should be exciting, funny or have a valid point. The idea of A Good Year is boring unless it’s presented with flair and "whoa" moments. There is a scene at the end of the movie with Crowe writing a letter and I’m thinking: I wish it was more emotional and less "oh he’s writing a letter."

I gave it a "B"because of the good parts and I was mildly entertained. I had thought that the movie could be good. I believe it had the potential to be but it did not live up to it. I was slightly disappointed because of that. I’m appreciative of how up beat the movie was because I’m sick of pessimistic movies. Plus it ended on a fun note and I’m sure that left a lot of people smiling at the end like me.

A Good Year is plain. It left me wondering what the total point of the movie was. I asked that because a connection was not formed between me and the characters. It was a movie that was just there instead of BAM! HERE I AM! So if you are for the plain and okay this movie is for you. GO SEE IT!

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