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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A Good Year = A Nice 2 Hours

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.


Kelvin said...

Russell Crowe.........nice ??? I was searching the blog world when your blog popped up. When I saw the photo of NZ Crowe, I thought I would leave a comment as I am from NZ.
The easiest way to find my blogs is a search on Google.
Key in - krazy kelvin
Click - I'm feeling lucky.

I haven\t seen the movie yet, but hopefully he didn't throw any phones !!!

Susie Q said... phone throwing! Wait, there was..nope. He dropped it when he fell in the pool.

New Zealand is on my list of must see places before I die! Gorgeous country!


Billy said...

You actually make me want to see it, especially with you and a glass of "Enon Merlot," Ohio's finest!

Daisy Cottage said...

Well now after your wonderfully descriptive way of writing, I WANT to see this film! Sounds like my kind of movie! Glad you had a nice getaway!

Meg said...

Hi Susie! I am curious now about this film, too. I have read but did not see "Under the Tuscan Sun".Maybe this is another book I should check into as well, since you liked it. Sounds like the film would be a great escape in the middle of the cold, grey winter that is coming soon...

Thanks for your visit to my blog and your nice comments. I'll be back!

Jolene George said...

I'm so glad you and your friend got an evening out together. Plus you can't beat a good movie theater popcorn. I like added butter and salt. I haven't been to a movie in a while. Perhaps I need to go.