Director Robert Benton's latest, "FEAST OF LOVE" was finally released theatrically after numerous delays, and fared poorly. It's a shame because it's a small, quiet, engaging, and worthwhile film. Hopefully, the dvd release will win over a well deserved audience.
While the trailer for it was fantastic, it gave away too much of the wrong things and presented it as an entirely different kind of film than it actually way. Morgan Freeman plays the somewhat stable force in a urban community, offering small tidbits of advice and observations to his friend, Greg Kinnear(a local coffee shop owner) and anyone willing to listen. Freeman is more intuitive than most, and while that doesn't prevent him from having to deal with tragedy, it allows him the benefit of recognizing what's most important in life, and how to cherish it. Kinnear is fantastic as a husband with no clue that his wife is attracted to another woman. He realizes too late, starts another seemingly(at first)special romance, and finds heartache again. While there are some scenarios that are predictable, others are not and Benton tells his tale with a breezy but knowing hand, ensuring a hypnotic atmosphere and fine performances from every player.
Moving, slightly funny, and ultimately thought provoking, "FEAST OF LOVE" is well worth adding to one's collection.
FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement for this release. Colors are generally solid, although not as rich as we'd hoped for. There's a surprising amount of grain and detail is fine, but less impressive than on many superior FOX titles.(this may be related to the actual heavy compression of the screener we viewed)
FOX has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Music is key to the film's atmosphere, and its subtle persuasion to various scenes is well complimented through all speakers. Surrounds also come to modest, effective life with ambient effects, although the majority of the mix is directed to the front soundstage. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
FOX has included extras, including trailers, a featurette and music video.