Cormac McCarthy's The Road Movie: Production Photos ~ BitterSweetLife

Friday, August 08, 2008

Cormac McCarthy's The Road Movie: Production Photos

In July I mentioned that I'd read The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. It's an amazing, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that contains McCarthy's most direct treatment of love (between a father and son--and by extension, between God (Father) and sons). At the same time, it's a post-apocalypse story that's bleak enough in book form to chill you, and there were several times that I thought while reading, "I hope that scene doesn't get reproduced on film."

Now the first production photos are available. They don't give away much, but sure enough, they're bleak. If it's done right, this will be the kind of film that you love even though it disturbs you (Saving Private Ryan, The Dark Knight...). The Road movie has a promising cast including Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, and Guy Pearce.

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R. Sherman said...

I'm going to think long and hard before I see this movie.


Will Robison said...

What's the kid got to worry about? Aragorn knows a thing or two about bleak journeys. He'll just whip out that sword and fight off the worgs and anything else that comes his way.

Will Hicks said...

Looking forward to this flick.

It opens wide last week of November. Oscar bait maybe?

jamesewan said...

This sounds fantastic. I always thought McCarthy's novels would make great films. I loved No Country for Old Men but the Coen Brothers stamped their identity all over it. No problem with that, but I would be interested in seeing a less esoteric, less knowing, and more abstract reimagining of McCarthy's apocalytpic visions.

chan said...

Have you read the LA Times article on the "de-bleakification" efforts to respond to distributors' anxieties?

When they start shooting blue skies,it sounds like it's not going to be done right at all.

Ariel said...

@ jameswan: "I would be interested in seeing a less esoteric, less knowing, and more abstract reimagining of McCarthy's apocalytpic visions."

That's a good call. In retrospect, No Country was a pretty demanding film in its philosophic aims. What I'd like to see is a respectful rendition of All the Pretty Horses, my favorite McCarthy book (The Road gets a close second.)

@ chan, Are you serious? It's hard to believe that The Road would get that treatment when Hollywood is churning out bleak movies all over the place with great success...LOTR, Harry Potter, The Dark Knight...

Anonymous said...

I was in the first audience to see this movie at a screening last night 10/15/08 in NYC. I knew nothing about the book or the movie coming into this.

This was the most amazing movie I have seen in a long time. It's very intense and the audience were literally on the edge of their seats from the beginning to the end. The desperate hopelessness was palpable from the screen. Even the men were sniffling at some point. Some of the scenes were disturbing and violent but not gratuitously so, they were necessary to move the story along. All the actors in the movie needs to get an Oscar. This should win for best movie.


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