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A simple beauty,
This review is from: The Straight Story [VHS] (VHS Tape)
With 'The Straight Story' David Lynch has weaved together a subtle, fascinating story about age, regret, and family. The tale is of Alvin Straight, a 73 year old man who has seen most of what life has to dish out and learns that his brother suffered a stroke. With bad eyes and no license, he sets out on a journey on a riding lawnmower to see his brother, who he hasn't spoken to in ten years.
What I loved most about this movie is the simplicity; of the story, the characters, the filming. Yet within that classic style is a movie that is incredibly moving. The stories that Alvin has to tell about his life are saddening, touching, and almost frightening. He talks about being old, about fighting in World War II, and about his regrets of not speaking to his brother. He runs into quite a few people along the way who help him out, and their stories contribute to a beautifully crafted script.
Richard Farnsworth is convincing in the role of Alvin. His abilities are most especially outlined in the sad tone of his voice, and the look of regret and hope in his eyes. It is rare that I have grown to respect and adore a character so much. David Lynch's direction is not dark or creepy like his other works, but carefully and nicely photographed in great harmony with the script. The cinematography is smoothe, and the extended takes prove his abilities as a director and the actors abilities as well.
This film is done in a classic manner, and the results are moving in a rare way. I sincerely hopes this film eventually gets the recognition it deserves.
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Initial post: Jun 9, 2013 9:57:23 PM PDT
Terry Goldman says:
The sound track (music) by Baldamenti is also superb. One of the great "little films" ever made.
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