My buddy, TH, had a rough Tuesday. She had attended the funeral of an Aunt and wanted to do something calming that would take her mind off the day a bit. We decided to catch a movie at the theater down the road from me. It is a second run house and usually charges just $2.50 but Tuesdays are "Buck 50" nights! Cheap and gosh but they have the BEST popcorn. (Yep, I am a movie popcorn fiend)
My son said "Mom, you never get out alone much these days" and offered to "babysit" with his little sis. Grace was tickled by that prospect. I put some dinner on the stove for them and off I went.
I met my friend and we settled in to enjoy the show.
"A Good Year" is a sweet, charming little film that we both enjoyed. Yes, the critics have been quite harsh. Gee folks, but I am so glad I am not a film reviewer. I can see a movie just for the pure enjoyment of the experience and not have to nit pick it to death. Is some of it predictable? Uh huh. Is some of it cliched? I suppose. But I STILL thought it fun. (And I DO get the similarities to "Under the Tuscan Sun" which I adore by the way!)
Russell Crowe is nice to view...ahem...and Albert Finney is always a delight. Freddie Highmore (From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Finding Neverland) is such a naturally keen actor. What a face!
I had enjoyed reading the book (Peter Mayle's "A Year In Provence") and looked forward to seeing this film adaptation.
There was a certain European sensibility to this film (and I do not mean just the setting! ). It was a sweet and harmless gem. No, there will not be a lot of awards tossed it's way but it did make for an enjoyable evening.
The cinematography is absolutely breath-taking. The film was awash in golden, water colored landscapes. The chateau was amazing.
Upon leaving the theater and stepping out into the dark and drizzle, one of our fellow patrons joked that we should pool our monies and hire a jet to sweep us away to the vineyards of France.
Well, for just $1.50, my buddy and I were just that...swept away.