I don't know Tom Chiarella, but I kinda hate him a little bit, because he has seen director John Hillcoat's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road and he's calling it "a brilliantly directed adaptation of a beloved novel, a delicate and anachronistically loving look at the immodest and brutish end of us all."
I would strongly advise not reading the long and meaty Esquire story if you haven't read the book, because you'll be denying yourself the immense pleasure of discovering the tale the way McCarthy envisioned it on the page. But here's another quote from Chiarella's piece that makes me wish October would hurry up and get here already.
You should see it for the simplest of reasons: Because it is a good story. Not because it may be important. Not because it is unforgettable, unyielding. Not because it horrifies. Not because the score is creepily spiritual. Not because it is littered with small lines of dialogue you will remember later. Not because it contains warnings against our own demise. All of that is so. Don't see it just because you loved the book. The movie stands alone. Go see it because it's two small people set against the ugly backdrop of the world undone. A story without guarantees. In every moment — even the last one — you'll want to know what happens next, even if you can hardly stand to look. Because The Road is a story about the persistence of love between a father and a son, and in that way it's more like a remake of The Godfather than some echo of I Am Legend.