The Road {Movie Review}

The Road (2009) film is based on the book The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006)

Rating : * * * 1/2

A few nights ago my husband, best friend, and I went to see The Road (2009). I had been waiting to see this since I finished reading the book in June of this year (find my review of the book here). I guess I should have paid more attention to when it came out because it seems to have been released a few months ago. All of us liked it. Myself and my husband liked it more than Alex.

The film/book tell the story of a man and his son traveling to the coast in a post-apocalyptic United States. We don’t know what happened. We don’t even know their names. The movie did take some liberties and added more of a back story with the wife. This didn’t take away from the book and I think helped keep the movie from being too slow. The movie is very gray and depressing just like the book. They did not shy away from gruesome scenes. The acting was excellent. Viggo Mortensen looks and acts like a starved father holding on to the little faith and hope he has left.

Overall the movie is slow moving (which I expected). Don’t expect a ton of action. However, be prepared to feel tense and depressed and possibly tear up. The ending is just like the book, which some found to be extremely anti-climatic almost to the point of not really having “an ending”. I would highly recommend this movie if you loved the book, otherwise I’d say watch it at home when it comes out on DVD.

The trailer includes a version of my favorite quote from the book : When your dreams are of some world that never was or of some world that never will be and you are happy again then you will have given up.


5 Responses

  1. I loved this movie…but I also loved the book. I felt like the movie was a good adaptation and is definitely a movie to talk about and dissect…which is exactly the kind of movie that I love.

    • I agree. It really is more of a movie/book to think and talk about. I think the main thing is that the format of the book didn’t bother me at all. Some people hated the lack of proper punctuation.

  2. There are a lot of great themes in this. The idea of grappling with a sense of humanity and the search for meaning in the midst of total decay and destruction. I really enjoyed it, though the voiceover and flashbacks took me out of the story a bit. Other than that, it was great. I loved the book too.

    • I think the book was better (as it almost always is). I didn’t think the voice-over took away from the story, but I’ll agree that the flashbacks took me out of the story. Thanks for stopping my blog!

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