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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Movie Review: The Road


The Man, The Boy and their cart.

Adaptation is so commonplace that it has recently become a challenge to find originally scripted mainstream movies.  Among the 50 highest grossing films of this decade, only 9 were based on original screenplays, and 7 of those movies are animated features.  It is no mystery that familiarity fills the theaters and means bigger DVD sales, but it rarely leads to a great movie. 

John Hillcoat, who directed 2006’s critically acclaimed The Proposition, was tapped to direct the film version of Cormac McCarthy’s Oprah approved novel, "The Road", way back in 2006, before the success of the Coen brothers’ film version of No Country for Old Men.  After an intensive post production period and multiple release delays, The Road will finally be revealed to all today.  Will this adaptation fit on the shelf with all the others that have missed the mark (shelf includes The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Revolutionary Road and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil)?  Better slide over the first two Harry Potter movies to make some room for The Road.