Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Road

Okay, I don't normally post two movie trailers on the same day. But this is the film I've been anticipating the most for 2009. What do you think?


  1. my high score on the dorkorometer might show with this comment, but here i go anyway.
    reading the road was such a spiritual experience for me that seeing it in picture somehow cheapens the experience. the drear of mccarthy's apocalypse contrasted with the relationship of the boy and his father has too many metaphysical layers to become something portrayed on screen to me. the tautness of the written word in the road is certainly not projected in this trailer that makes it seem like another will-smith-apocalyptic flick that paid a little more attention to the set and getting a good lead actress.

    some books shouldn't become films (i know... you are film guy:). like albert camus' the stranger, anything by jd salinger, and any of my other favorite books. :)

    okay i just totally judged a movie by its trailer. will i go see it in theater? no. will i netflix it? yeah, probably....:)

  2. I'm worried about this film. Going by your liking of the book, it has such great potential. But looking at the inexperience of the director and writer and having eight producers, I'm hesitant. Another thing too is that Dimension Films isn't really known for pushing out Oscar winning movies. On one hand, that could be why they are waiting to release this movie in the Fall, but on the other hand, the film has been in it's final cut since November 2008 and pushed back a few times.

    On the bright side, with a $20 million budget, the film should have no problem earning a profit. I'll see it.

  3. @Ryan, me too.

    @alaina, I'm a film guy, but I'm a book guy too. :) The difficulty for me is separating the two when an adaptation is made. Should I critique the film on how closely it kept to the book's form, structure, and story arc? Should the film be critiqued on its own creative merits? Or is it a combination of the two?

    I believe "The Road" will be an important film because it has the potential to capture the current American zeitgeist in an artistic and profound way. We're in a time where people are frightened and the horizon doesn't hold much hope, where we're worried about finances, pandemics, war, and our own souls. A film about carrying the fire through the darkest of valleys could be the most important film of the year. I too am worried that one of my favorite books will be turned into something similar to Shyamalan's "The Happening." I am also curious about my emotional response as I will soon be a father with a son.

    And I agree: Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" or Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury" are wonderful books that would be terrible films. I recently watched the film version of Orwell's "1984" and it was awful. Though there is talk of turning Yann Martel's "Life of Pi" into a film, which intrigues me.

  4. @Cam, the director, John Hillcoat, directed one of the best contemporary westerns I've ever seen, "The Proposition." Let's hope he can maintain the dark grittiness and meditative nuance from his previous film. Or this could be the case of taking a great indie director and having him put out Hollywood garbage.

    Also, I'm not convinced about your theory that many producers makes for a poor film. Looking at last year's Best Pic nominees: Frost/Nixon had 9, Slumdog Millionaire had 8, Milk had 7, Benjamin Button had 5, and The Reader had an astounding 14.

  5. Well, I never said my theory wasn't flawed. I guess I need to really get specific when I cite too many producers being a problem. I understand that even having two producers on one project can cause problems. Producing becomes a problem for me when there are too many regular producers having a hand on the script and editing. I've never seen The Reader, but I'm willing to bet that one of the movie's flaws is its producing. It has six credited producers and co-producers; out of my top three movies of last year: Slumdog only has two, The Dark Knight has three, and WALL-E has two.

    There are certainly going to be exceptions to my rule, but I'll keep watching this trend just in case.