Becca Gardner

Becca Gardner

Becca Gardner Quick Links

Film RSS

An Unfinished Life Review


OK
We never meet Griff Gilkyson - he's shown in outdated photographs and discussed frequently - though his memory rages in the hearts of three emotionally damaged characters. His death is the reason director Lasse Hallström titled his latest drama An Unfinished Life.

Griff's pregnant wife, Jean (Jenifer Lopez), was behind the wheel the night the couple's car flipped six times. Griff's father, Einar (Robert Redford), crawled into the nearest liquor bottle to mourn his dead son and has yet to forgive Jean for an accident she'd give anything to take back. The couple's daughter, now 11 and also named Griff (Becca Gardner), wants to know her late father so she's able to properly miss him.

Continue reading: An Unfinished Life Review

An Unfinished Life Review


OK
We never meet Griff Gilkyson - he's shown in outdated photographs and discussed frequently - though his memory rages in the hearts of three emotionally damaged characters. His death is the reason director Lasse Hallström titled his latest drama An Unfinished Life.

Griff's pregnant wife, Jean (Jenifer Lopez), was behind the wheel the night the couple's car flipped six times. Griff's father, Einar (Robert Redford), crawled into the nearest liquor bottle to mourn his dead son and has yet to forgive Jean for an accident she'd give anything to take back. The couple's daughter, now 11 and also named Griff (Becca Gardner), wants to know her late father so she's able to properly miss him.

Continue reading: An Unfinished Life Review

An Unfinished Life Review


OK

Another sleepy, sweeping soft-serve melodrama from director Lasse Hallstrom ("The Shipping News," "Chocolat," "Cider House Rules"), "An Unfinished Life" stars Robert Redford as a grizzly Wyoming rancher who resentfully takes in his long-estranged, widowed daughter-in-law (Jennifer Lopez) when she reluctantly turns up seeking shelter from an abusive boyfriend.

Still bitterly nursing the loss of his son some 11 years ago in a car accident for which Einer (Redford) blames Jean (Lopez), the unfriendly ol' cuss becomes even more surly when introduced to Griff (Becca Gardner), an attentive, 11-year-old tomboy granddaughter he never knew he had.

Emotionally credible and transportingly photographed, it's a film that wears its out-sized metaphors well (Redford and the girl bond over freeing a recently captured bear he'd previously tried to kill). But structurally it's so lacking in imagination (suppose Lopez will fall for the handsome, strong but non-threatening sheriff played by Josh Lucas?) that the story arc seems to have been drawn on graph paper rather than written in a script.

Continue reading: An Unfinished Life Review

Becca Gardner

Becca Gardner Quick Links

Film RSS
Advertisement

Occupation

Actor


Suggested

'Lost' BBC Session By Led Zeppelin Recovered And Restored

'Lost' BBC Session By Led Zeppelin Recovered And Restored

The 1969 session, including the only known recording of 'Sunshine Woman' by the band, will be included on a re-issue of 'The Complete BBC Sessions'...

Michael J. Fox Joins Coldplay On Stage To Perform 'Back To The Future' Songs

Michael J. Fox Joins Coldplay On Stage To Perform 'Back To The Future' Songs

The 55 year old actor joined Chris Martin and co. on stage in New Jersey to perform 'Earth Angel' and 'Johnny B. Goode'.

Bjork Announces Virtual Reality Exhibition In London, Plus Single Live Show

Bjork Announces Virtual Reality Exhibition In London, Plus Single Live Show

Bjork Digital comes to London's Somerset House in September, along with a single live show at the Royal Albert Hall.

Advertisement
Has Kanye West Broken The Law Over Taylor Swift Phone Call?

Has Kanye West Broken The Law Over Taylor Swift Phone Call?

Kim Kardashian released an audio excerpt from a phone call between Kanye and Taylor Swift over the lyrics of 'Famous' - but if it was recorded...

DJ Shadow - The Mountain Will Fall Album Review

DJ Shadow - The Mountain Will Fall Album Review

There's very much a strength of conviction in remaining what you were, but arguably more so in becoming what you want to be.

'Poldark' And 'X Factor' Set For TV Clash In September

'Poldark' And 'X Factor' Set For TV Clash In September

The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.

Guns N' Roses detained for gun possession

Guns N' Roses detained for gun possession

Guns N' Roses were detained at the Canadian border last week for gun possession but they're adamant the weapon didn't belong to them.

Advertisement

Becca Gardner Movies

An Unfinished Life Movie Review

An Unfinished Life Movie Review

We never meet Griff Gilkyson - he's shown in outdated photographs and discussed frequently -...

An Unfinished Life Movie Review

An Unfinished Life Movie Review

We never meet Griff Gilkyson - he's shown in outdated photographs and discussed frequently -...

An Unfinished Life Movie Review

An Unfinished Life Movie Review

Another sleepy, sweeping soft-serve melodrama from director Lasse Hallstrom ("The Shipping News," "Chocolat," "Cider House...

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.