Pre-review of the film version of The Road.”

I just read two interesting quotes from Esquire about the film version of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road.”

First, by John Hillcoat, the film’s director:
“‘When they pass through a city, there’s a shot of two ships sitting on a freeway that looks like a visual effect. That is an actual IMAX 70mm shot taken days after Katrina. We had to doctor the image, grunge it up, make it more toxic, set it into our world, but these places were not hard to find. There’s a fair amount of devastation already in the American landscape'” (p. 90-91).

The second, by the article’s writer, Tom Chiarella:
“The terror of it [the film] is in a normal world made vacant. There is a surprising terror in a landscape of farmhouses full of possessions that have no function, a remarkable danger in a pile of old hammers, in the possibility of forgetting what things were once for. It’s a fear worth feeling. And there is something knotty and resilient, eternal and elemental, something worth caring about in all this, in a parent’s love for a child, especially when love is the only thing left in the world that has the least little thread of purpose” (p. 91).

I read “The Road” a couple of months ago, and it was quite honestly the fastest I’ve ever read a book. True, it isn’t too long, and the writing style is short and quick. But I also couldn’t put it down. It was depressing and beautiful, filled with both love and aching. I really felt that these quotes really captured the same feeling I had while reading the book. It definitely made me want to read more of McCarthy’s works.

However, before I continue waxing poetic about a book I read a couple of months ago, I’ll save all of that fodder for a post-review of the movie which comes out in approximately one week. Until then, here’s a link to the film’s website:

All quotes from:
Chiarella, T. (2009). The most important film of the year. Esquire, 151(6), 86-91.


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