Friday, December 28, 2012

Promised Land Review - 2 Stars

Matt Damon plays a nice enough small town guy with the knack for visiting small farm communities and talking landowners into selling their mineral rights for natural gas exploration.  Damon and Francis McDormand work the little communities without revealing the environmental costs that often come with “fracking.”  “Promised Land” mixes corporate drama mixed with comedy romance.  The down to earth appealing Rosemarie DeWitt provides Damon’s love interest.  While John Krakinski shows up as a surprise foe, in both work and love.  the great Hal Holbrook turns in a nice moment or two as a town wise man and environmentalist.  The varied plot take the edge off what I think started as an environmental anti corporate drama.  As such, “Promised Land” feels toned down, but pleasant.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Fish out of water comedy/drama.  Is it entertaining?  Pleasant.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Mixed.