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The Road John

By Genevieve Burgess | DVD Releases | May 25, 2010 |


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Dear John: "After an interminable five weeks of studio movies, Dear John was a most unexpected surprise: It was a film. I would stop far short of calling it a good film, but it had the elements of one: It had actual performances, instead of line readings mixed with funny and/or serious faces; it had a story, instead of a high concept; and it had a director. An honest to God director." - Dustin Rowles

The Road: "The problem with The Road is that Hillcoat, screenwriter Joe Penhill, and the Weinstein Company tried to produce the most faithful adaptation possible and, in doing so, made a mediocre film based on a mediocre book. After seeing No Country for Old Men (2007), I immediately went to the bookstore and picked up McCarthy's Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West and The Road. I read the latter novel first and found barren prose and a rather trite theme. The Road, both in its paper and celluloid form, is fundamentally a story about the love between a father and a son that flourishes despite raging cannibals and a whole cast of characters that do not carry the moral goodness of "the fire." Quite simply, the story lacks the intellectual and moral depth that I found in McCarthy's Blood Meridian (which, I must say, is not one of my favorite books in the world, either), leaving it rather dull and boring." - Drew Morton

Also released this week: My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story, Mystery Team, Owl & The Sparrow, Rain Fall, Tell Tale


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