I saw this movie last night, which is based on the book of the same title (which I read over 2 years ago). I really like the book, and I was a little hesitant to see how it would hold up on the big screen. Even with talented actors like Viggo Mortensen, I was still holding my breath a bit.
I was not let down.
This movie is one of the best I've ever seen. It follows the book's material very well. I don't remember all the details but I remembered reading the scenes I saw in the movie. They may have moved some stuff around, cut some stuff, etc, but overall the storyline is very close. It's bleak, it's depressing, it's horrific...and yet, the relationship between The Man and The Boy shines as the bright light. I was completely immersed in this film. Some truly memorable scenes were seeing The Man reading to The Boy, The Man finding a piano, The Boy "seeing" another kid (his need to find any kids to play with is very moving), The Man at the bridge, and The Man and The Boy at the beach near the end. The score was also very reflective of the movie's mood - I actually purchased the MP3s this morning, and some tracks bring scenes back very vividly in my mind.
I doubt this movie will do well financially because, well, it got released over the winter holiday season and it doesn't come across as an uplifting flick. But being a parent, I could identify with The Man's struggle to protect his son in the face of a horrific world where there aren't many "good guys" left. Not literally of course - we don't live in an apocalyptic world :). What I mean is, I could understand just how much I'd want to keep my children safe from not just the physical dangers, but the psychological ones as well. It really dug into me. Again, this movie has quickly moved on to my "favorites" list. It may not be easy to watch more than once, but it's more than worth the time and money you spend to see it once. It'll stick with you, and at the end of the day, that's a good thing.
* Posted at 12.18.2009 02:50:35 PM CST | Link *