Below is the trailer for The Road and, whoa! did they ever diverge from Cormac McCarthy’s novel. The novel is mostly the Man on a journey quest through hell with The Boy. It’s a fucking horror story, through this blasted wasteland where cannibals harrow them, but mostly its about survival.
They look like they basically scrapped the sparse horror, and turned it into Mad Max Beyond the Turnpike. (Most of the film was shot in rural Pennsylvania — the type of frightening woodsy shitscape.) They slapped CGI on a folk tale, making it more digital demons and whatnot, with a bunch of famous faces all dirted up and rednecked out.
Having made my complaints, still….BOO. FUCKING. YAH. I’m kind of glad that they opted to take this route. The novel was so morbidly dreary, but beautiful. You close the book and feel like going out and dying in the woods alone. They added a lot more action — and it looks like it’ll still have all the fucking heart. Goddamn was Viggo Mortensen the perfect damn choice for this. If only for the delight of seeing Aragorn hiding beneath a mountainside as Dread Rednecks hunt him.
Damn. McCarthy’s scored another likely Oscar nod. And Mortensen’s finally going to get more respect Academy-wise.