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The first review of "The Road"

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.



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I kinda hate the fact you call yourself a "Critic" :Rolling eyes: Its hurtful.

Rene Rodriguez

Well, take some aspirin and get used to it.


No, not that its hurtful in physical terms. As for instance, a headache. Hurtful in the sense of how you look and handle your criticism with lack of any constructive respectable knowledge.

By the looks of it Tom Chiarella has a bigger leap of constructivism then you would ever imagine on having. He is a professor at a highly appraised private university. Where are you in all of this? Corrupting every single reader with your lousy movie reviews in the frigging Miami Herald! What does that say? Absolutely nothing.

Rene Rodriguez

So what keeps you coming back here?

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