While not all the early Russell Crowe pictures are instant classics, one common thread seems to run throughout each film, Russell's acting ability surpasses everyone else, and sometimes even surpasses the film. Going into For the Moment I was looking to get back on track with a greater viewing experience as the last two films left me rather disappointed and bored. Unfortunately For the Moment didn't "wow" me, but it did manage to offer a little more depth and talent than Hammers Over the Anvil and Love In Limbo.
For the Moment stars Russell Crowe as Lachlan, an Austrailian pilot in training stationed in Manitoba (Canada) in the summer of 1942 to receive training to become a bomber pilot. This area happens to be the home town of his good friend Johnny, who introduces him to his girlfriend and her sister Lill (Christianne Hirt). There seems to be an instant connection, at least on Lachlan's end, yet Lill is spoken for, she's married to a solider whose been gone for 2-3 years. It's been 2-3 painful years for Lill and the arrival of Lachlan who appears to be a really nice and geniue guy starts to cause her to drop her guard as she finds herself falling in love with him.
For the Moment is a film that suffers from two opposite extremes. The first half of the film is incredibly slow and uneventful, while the second half is over-the-top drama with nothing but dying, crying and goodbying (excuse my rhyming). For anyone whose not a big Russell Crowe fan I could see where one might simply turn the film off twenty or so minutes in. The story itself could have actually been something great, but it's simply too plodding and the acting is incredibly bland.
The second half of the film, while completely over-the-top, actually begins to redeem the bland first half, the acting is still medicore and at times extremely corny but the dramatic elements bring out a better performance in Crowe and Hirt. This second extreme saved the film in my eyes, but as a whole the story would have been greatly improved had the drama in the second half been spread throughout the entire film. Doing so would have given the story a well spread balance and would have lent itself as a film that viewers who weren't simply watching for Russell Crowe might be interested in.