I have again broken my vow to never see a Jennifer Lopez film in the theater (the first time being for Jersey Girl, which was hardly a movie worth any oathbreaking). An Unfinished Life, however, promised Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman and an understated Lopez, so Mom and I went to see it last night. (Trailer: here)
It was really good. Lopez plays Jean Gilkyson, mother of 11-year-old Griff, who leaves an abusive relationship and needs a place to hide out for a while — and ends up at her father-in-law’s ranch. Redford played Einer Gilkyson, who has never recovered from the death of his son (Jean’s husband). And there’s also a bear and a maimed ranch-hand played by Morgan Freeman, and a sharp diner owner (Camryn Manheim) and an attractive sheriff (Josh Lucas). Everything you think will happen does, but somehow… it worked for me. I didn’t feel like I was being led by the nose even when I was. Lasse Hallström has done this for me before (The Cider House Rules comes to mind). It was just a nicely done movie all around — well-timed jokes, lots of good old-men grouching scenes, and many lovely, sharp shots of Wyoming.
Also saw the trailer for Proof, which makes me wonder if this winter won’t be for Jake Gyllenhaal what last winter was for Jude Law. (Trailer here)