A River Runs Through It
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Academy Award(r)-winner Robert Redford (Best Director, Ordinary People, 1980) captures the majesty ofthe Montana wilderness and the strength of the American family in this acclaimed adaptation of Norman Maclean's classic memoir. Craig Sheffer stars as the young Norman, and Brad Pitt stars as his brother Paul, an irresistible daredevil driven to challenge the world. Growing up, both boys rebel against their stern minister father. While Norman channels his rebellion into writing, Paul descends a slippery path to self-destruction. Co-starring Tom Skerritt as the Reverend Maclean and Emily Lloyd as wild-hearted Jessie Burns.
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Point being, it's beautiful now and was even more ruggedly, gourgeous when the movie was portrayed to be filmed there and the historical media used for the film. They accentuate the 'Beaty of the Wild West' (at that period in time) and that is a major reason to love the movie. It is very realistic, and harnesses light on the rustic and rough nature of the geographical region as well as society at that point in time.. It portrays what I know by growing up in the mountains and about the early European heritage settling in This great country during that time.
The acting and the play/screen writing is also high classily, historically accurate in my opinion having studied and living in that country for much of my life.
Of course this role was well played by Brad Pitt to say the least. One of my fav Pitt carachters. The other actors where very good as well. The whole family that the plot circles around are very good actors.
Lastly the story is weaved in a very interesting and followable way. It's an easy watch. (In my opinion). Very entertaining with followable but not boringly so plot. It is a moving adventure of growing up in that time period and geographical region. That is very 'romantic' or a 'utopian' society for me. Not that it's was perfect, but it seems more simple and pure of truth and honesty to me. (While this may not be true just my romanticize he the time period and region). It at least makes me feel good to watch it for at least entettainments sake and to day dream of a time more simple and without the outrageous mess technology has made our workd.
I would have loved to grow up to be a 'proffesional fly fisherman' too. Also, not to dismiss the young men that play the families' boys at the beginning of the movie where also well picked for thier roles and were very moving. They personified growing up in the mountains and reminded me of growing up in the mountains. Playing outside from dusk till dawn. This is a great movie for the family; a little adult situational events and language. But nothing they aren't already regularly subjected to (for the most part) in this day in age. And also in my opinion. Good date movie too, a good laugh here ad there, touching moments, and the tragic and beautiful intersecting circles of human nature of love, life, family and presented during a time frame as well as its geographical region. It's one my top 5 fav films. I'm very picky about movies and somewhat portals of semi accurate time periods as well as the real nature of sociological views and values, moral and material itwMs and entertainment vs work ethics of a time period.
The bonus features are severely lacking however (at least on the DVD version). The only real "extras" are a filmography of the main actors and a small glossy booklet (with multiple editing oversights that lead me to believe it was hastily put together) about the making of the movie, a note from Norman Maclean's daughter, and another filmography that renders the one on the DVD redundant. The extras were an almost total disappointment and are worthy of a 1-star rating.
Since the movie is the most important part I rate the whole package 4 stars.
THE FLY FISHING SCENES ARE AMAZING. THE STORY AND ACTING ARE SUPERB. ROBERT REDFORD DIRECTED THIS GEM.
I would absouletly love to go to Missisoula, Montana with her. Can't imagine a better getaway. I think that was the best film Brad Pitt ever made.