The Road

Nov. 28th, 2009 10:18 pm
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It's been a bleak Thanksgiving, in the sense that I read The Road and then went right out to see the movie. For me the movie is a bit more effective at delivering the punch of sadness and grief than the book. That's the acting, I think, and the work the movie does to connect his flashbacks to The Man's present predicament. Viggo Mortensen is astonishingly good, and Kodi Smit-McPhee (what a pair of names!) is terrific as The Boy. It's just so easy to fall in love with Viggo; the more you abuse him, the better he looks.

On the other hand, the book might be better at conveying the sense of constant hunger and cold that the characters endure. I look at The Road and think: this is the story of all the people who didn't die right away but who didn't make it to the arks in 2012*. I wonder how many people throughout the years, fleeing some calamity or army, must endure this story over and over. How many are enduring it today? Local apocalypses are happening all the time.

Anyway, I highly recommend the movie. Don't fear it because you think it will be too depressing; it's amazingness will get you past that.

*Speaking of which, how great would it have been if there had been a worker's revolt in 2012 and all the first-world fat-cat fuckfaces had been left to drown? That would have been awesome.

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