I was so looking forward to his apparently sweet romantic comedy. Costner is one of my favorite leading men and I respect Robin Wright Penn's work tremendously. But this! Kevin Costner plays a captain who will not let go of his wife's memory while at the same time is falling for Penn, a writer/researcher's who finds the message in a bottle he wrote to his wife. "Mhh, she seems nice, and she is alive, while the other one is dead". What should I do" ?And it goes on like this for 131 minutes!
The beginning shows this big feud between the captain and his dead wife's family. They want her paintings and he won't part with them. I wanted to say to him: keep one and give the others away! When he finally does part with all of them (big sigh of relief there), I thought this drawn out plot was over, closure was made and we would see Penn's character with a new man and a smile on her face, but no!!! He builds a new boat, names it after his late WIFE, invites Penn to the christening, and babbles in public about how much he misses his first love. AHHHH!!
The best part for me was definitely the first 9 minutes, which I happened to have missed.
And the end is not brave in my opinion, it is contrived and perfectly ludicrous. You don't have to be a psychologist to know Costner's character hasn't moved an inch from the beginning, he says he is "saved" when he first met his wife, feels guilty because he can't save her back, and then, he has to go and try to save a drowning woman, to make up for the one he couldn't save.
It makes me want to scream! So men, women, and children alike do not see this movie, no matter how free it is or how bored you are. Or even how handsome Costner is. I learned my lesson.
Better see Dragonfly. There's a missing wife there too but that film will take your breath away.
That is, until "Mio Figlio" came along. The beautiful beach city of Trieste, and the fact that it is in Italian, caught my attention. It starts out as your typical murder story : An older detective is investigating the death of a young woman and many clues are pointing to his own son.
The detective, Dr Vivaldi, is thus forced to reevaluate his relationship with his now remarried ex- wife, his son, a budding policeman, his work, and his place into the world. The murder theme is there in the background, but the story starts to become much more, as it goes inside the lives of those people and their insecurities.
I don't think I will spoil anyone's viewing by saying that the actor who plays the son is so talented and attractive that he can carry the film on his own. Attractive I mean in a real way, not puffed up.
Make no mistake. Although the title means "My Son", the movie is about the father, a man who wants the world to be his way, and the lessons he is forced to learn.
The subtitles disappeared due to a poor signal, and I was surprised to see that I actually enjoyed the movie better. How come? Because only excellent actors like those can convey emotion and intention with their face and the mere sound of their voice.
So take out your popcorn and prepare to be dazzled and entertained!