THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

If this was a TV movie of the day, it would be five-star en­ter­tain­ment. But as a fea­ture film, it is just too overly sen­ti­men­tal and has too many sub-plots that don’t go any­where. Mor­gan Free­man and Vir­ginia Mad­sen do a rea­son­able job as the crabby West­ern nov­el­ist with the in­cred­i­ble name of Monte Wild­horn and the at­trac­tive soon-to-be sin­gle mum, who un­ex­pect­edly find them­selves neigh­bours and friends. The magic is lost as the movie is dis­tracted by Monte’s bat­tle with the bot­tle, his re­la­tion­ship with a men­tally chal­lenged young man, an overzeal­ous fan and a dog he hates (but of course, comes to love). ★★✩ Ex­tras: None

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