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Uplifting Music Makes Me Suspicious

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | November 3, 2009 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | November 3, 2009 |

Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is a novel so dark and depressing that it’s downright Russian. After the wonderful success of translating No Country for Old Men to screen, there were definitely high hopes that the planned adaptation of The Road would live up to that pedigree.

The first trailer released back in May seemed to have some fairly significant departures from the novel though. It seemingly moved Charlize Theron’s role of the wife into the present tense from the flashbacks of the novel and expanded the anarchic role of roving bands of marauders into a more focused and personalized antagonist instead of an impersonal and omnipresent threat. The second trailer scraps a lot of that. Theron really seems to be strictly in the past, the marauders seem to be less Mad Maxy. Of course, it focuses instead on showing us little snippets of an array of famous people in their cameos, which seems to miss the point of the novel in a different way. The novel is about the man, the boy and their journey through hell. The vast majority of the book takes place with no one besides those two characters on screen (so to speak) so it’s a bit concerning that the trailer focuses so much on other people.

And the music … *shudder* … uplifting music like the second half of this trailer belongs nowhere near this nihilistic atom bomb of a horror story. If this film has a happy ending, I might just have a spontaneous migraine so intense that it tears a hole in the fabric of the universe and lets it slither in the madness lurking in the void.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.