Before the release of A GOOD YEAR in 2006, Hollywood’s noted filmmaker Ridley Scott was mostly known for his action flicks including Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and some other. However, A Good Year was totally a surprise as it was of a different genre, a soft romantic comedy film.
Nevertheless, it was also easy for him as he had none other than the gladiator Russell Crowe in the lead. It is all the more a feel good movie that rests on the life of leisure in a countryside over the fast-paced metropolitan life of money making.
A Good Year starts with a London-based investment expert and stock trader Max Skinner (Russell Crowe) who arrives in the countryside Provence (in France) with an interest to sell a small, yet rich, vineyard he has inherited from his recently deceased uncle.
Taking time off from his busy professional schedule when he arrives at the place, he somehow gets reminded about his past and his uncle’s deep interest in making the finest French wine.
Although he had planned to meet a couple of buyers and sell the property the earliest before going back to his usual work, he somehow missed his flight and was forced to stay at his uncle’s old house reliving his fond childhood memories and getting in touch with the very smallest things that certainly matters in a happier life.
A Good Year, which is based on Peter Mayle’s 2004 novel with the same name, has no such surprising element and is highly predictable yet pretty much pleasing and a must watch for all those who value simple things of life.
Directed and produced by: Ridley Scott