Conflict is an essential ingredient of drama. If characters don’t have something to react against, it doesn’t matter how well-drawn they are or how good their dialogue is, because they’re just not going to have much to do. While the characters are often flat and one-dimensional and the dialogue is frequently a fistful of cliches, the biggest problem with Rob Reiner’s latest directorial effort, The Magic of Belle Isle
, is that hardly anyone has anything to worry about or react to -- the few moments of conflict tend to fade away of their own accord, and most of this movie consists of folks slowly pondering their circumstances during a lovely summer by the lake. ...