To quote the actors (I’m guessing) right before they shot the pie-baking scene, Let’s just get this over with! Here is my list of grievances:
1) Kate Winslet has to be one of the most refined actresses working today. To cast her as a rural mother from the wrong side of the tracks is bordering on absurd. Giving her a heavy brow and a tattered nightie doesn’t do it. Who’d she beat out for the role? Cate Blanchett? Gwyneth Paltrow?
2) Josh Brolin lacks the inherent likability to pull off the role of a wrongly imprisoned convict, and he fumbles with a painfully sappy script. I’ve never understood his appeal.
3) Don’t over-think when it comes to the plot. Well, scratch ‘over.’
4) Do not have a drink before seeing it or the dialogue will make you chuckle. Although there could be a drinking game to be played involving preemptively shouting out the reply to a schmaltzy softball set-up line.
5) You can’t focus on the story, the actors, the acting, the chemistry or the dialogue. It’s like there’s no safe place to rest your eyes.
On a positive note, I got a hot bag of popcorn. The gal held it under the spinner as the fresh popcorn filled the bag. That never happens to me. As for the movie, it’s a 3.