The Road

In addition to another infernal movie list that would be sure to make the list of 100 Stupidest Movie Lists ever compiled (The 75 Movies Every Man Should See? Come ON!), Esquire magazine has the first review I’ve seen of The Road, John (The Proposition) Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel.

I don’t read reviews of movies I already plan to see and this is no exception, but don’t let that stop you. Even without reading it, you can infer from the headline (“The Road is the Most Important Movie of the Year”) that reviewer Tom Chiarella is a fan.

The post-apocalyptic film starring Viggo Mortensen throws a wet blanket on your good mood on October 16.

via: SlashFilm and others

5 Responses to “Esquire takes a drive down ‘The Road’”

  1. Well, this is one novel I did read from cover to cover and it was most impressive. McCarthy’s style is intoxicating, what with his searing apocalyptic landscapes and riveting storytelling. But still, I also need to be convinced that the film will turn out to be as great as Tom Chiarella claims it is. It will seem more than the McCarthy fan, methinks to reach such a vaunted level. The proof will be in the pudding.

  2. Yes. I’m cautiously optimistic, but this also seems like the kind of almost preposterously no-holds-barred early endorsement that the rest of the critics will have a field day refuting later if there’s anything less than unprecedented cinematic greatness here.

    The book was brilliant and achingly poetic. It’s a favorite. I’m heartened that at least one critic was just as psyched for the film, but it’s hard to imagine it doing well in these bleak times. But who knows. Here, I’d love to be wrong.

  3. My hopes are high for this one. I’m praying the studio’s testing and whatever is horribly, painfully wrong, which would make sense because I also recognize that a film like this will have a difficult time finding an audience no matter what. If the studio was expecting The Road Warrior out of this material, they were sadly mistaken.

    Honestly, this was in my top five for films I’m looking forward to this year. Fingers crossed.

  4. I hope this is good. Man does the writer short-sell The Proposition. One of my favorite films of the past few years.

  5. I loved The Proposition too, but I think it gets an extra half star because Jeff Wells hated it. I’m weird that way.

    “Most important movie of the year” sounds like hyperbole from the guy lucky enough to be the first one to see it….he wants to be the tastemaker…the trend setter…so he’s going ass over tea kettle for it.

    That doesn’t mean he’s wrong, but I’m trying to keep expectations tamped down a bit. It’s usually a good idea.

    I think bleak can still work. There are pockets of optimism because of the guy in charge, but I also kind of feel like we haven’t seen the worst of the economy or the world situation….the question is does that mean we’ll want shiny happy musicals like Nine or will we want to belly up to the Apocalypse?

    I don’t know. Human nature mystifies me, particularly as it relates to what movies they see and what movies they skip.

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