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.

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New Moon {Movie Review}

(Same as review posted on taraSG’s 101 in 1001)

Sorry it took so long for me to get this up! I’m still trying to work out a blogging schedule around my new work schedule.

I did go to the midnight showing of Twilight: New Moon on Thursday night/Friday morning! I was a little worried about screaming teen girls, but the crowd was really good. And the movie was GREAT! I was a little nervous about it because I’m a fan of the books and although I liked the first movie, it wasn’t at all that I wanted. New Moon is much, much better. Aside from a bigger budget and therefore better effects, the actors look a lot more how I had pictured them (as far as clothing and style). And um when does Taylor Lautner turn 18?…. I’ve always been Team Edward, however I think I may be Team Jacob for the movies 🙂

I LOVED the soundtrack and how they blended it with the right scenes. The timing and feel of the movie matched the book. Yes, it’s mopey and depressing… it was supposed to be!

I’d highly recommend seeing this even if you weren’t impressed by the first movie.