I had high expectations for "Feast of Love," the latest film from Robert Benton who directed such pleasures as "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Places in the Heart" and "Nobody's Fool." Unfortunately, about a half hour in I realized that the film wasn't going to reach those expectations. That's probably my fault. After all, I was fully convinced that Benton's last effort "The Human Stain" starring Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris was Oscar gold. I was wrong. That's not a criticism of Benton necessarily, and "Feast of Love," like "The Human Stain" isn't a terrible film. It's just not a very good one.
There are likeable characters and a sensible plot, but the writing didn't do much for me - it felt a bit overwrought with angst, and when it wasn't feeling sorry for itself, it was cramming way too much into the films 102 minute run time. I don't know, I talked to my moviegoing friend (she reappears!, briefly) about it. We had similar feelings, and not so similar ones. I suppose the real problem I had with the film is that it didn't shed any new light on this complicated notion of love. To me, it was a panoramic view of people desperately seeking love - a view that was all together uninteresting.