The Making of an Unfinished Life
Training Bart the Bear
“From the acclaimed director of Casanova, Chocolat, and The Cider House Rules… Academy Award® winners Robert Redford (Best Director, Ordinary People, 1980) and Morgan Freeman (Best Supporting Actor, Million Dollar Baby, 2004) star in this powerful story of risk and redemption. Stoic and heartbroken, Einar Gilkyson (Redford) quietly lives in the rugged Wyoming ranchlands alongside his only trusted friend, Mitch Bradley (Freeman). Then, suddenly, the woman he blames for the death of his only son arrives at his door broke, desperate, and with a granddaughter he’s never known. But even as buried anger and accusations resurface, the way is opened for unexpected connection, adventure, and forgiveness. Also starring Jennifer Lopez (Shall We Dance) and Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama, Glory Road).”
An Unfinished Life is rated PG-13 for some violence including domestic abuse, and language.
The rest of the cast is also good. Jennifer Lopez and Josh Lucas hold their own against Freeman and Redford. In fact, child star Becca Gardner holds her own as well as Griff Gilkyson, Redford’s granddaughter. Also look for cameos by Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers) as Gary Watson and Camryn Manheim as Nina. Every actor has a moment to shine in this movie and they make the most of it. The beautiful scenery and solid score by Deobrah Lurie help make them look even better.
There’s a modest selection of bonus features on the DVD. Included are two commentaries, a still gallery, and your standard “making of” video where everyone praises the director and each other. Then there’s a documentary on the training of Bart the Bear for the movie. You begin to appreciate the work that goes into the performance of the animal after seeing this.
An Unfinished Life is a relatively safe, relatively clean movie for a wide audience. Guys will like Redford’s tough, cowboy character while women will enjoy the story of forgiveness and the granddaughter bonding with her grandfather. There’s a little something here for everyone despite the predictability.
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