Top positive review
Great on so many levels.
on 30 September 2013
You know what's going to happen, yet the entire journey you take to get there is just spellbinding.
I love this film. I love the direction. I love the soundtrack. I love the cast & their acting. I love BBT's character, Karl.
It's story telling at it's simplest and most effective. Using veteran actors, virtually unknown actors and friends who are not actors is a masterstroke of casting, though this was mainly because of a very limited budget. The script is simple, true to the lifestyle of southern USA and makes you appreciate the working day and the working man.
Lucas Black, who plays the boy, is amazing at his first real role. JT Walsh, Robert Duvall & John Ritter are splendid in their roles too... but it's Karl that makes this film.
BBT has created a character that is as close to perfection as you could find in a film. I seriously doubt a film maker could create a better screen character than Karl.
The features are a bit dated, some interviews are about 15 years old... but still adds up to a decent package.
This movie is a genuine 100% reason why movies are made. Every emotion of the movie watcher is tested to the limits. I'm sure most will agree.