If you know me, you know that my favorite book is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I could write a bunch of flowery words to tell you how fantabulous it is, but I won’t bore you. Let’s just say it’s a brilliant, hauntingly simple story of a father trying to save his son from the cruel, broken down world. Nuff said. They are making a movie starring Viggo Mortensen, and I am psyched to see it, but after watching the trailer (see below), I am somewhat concerned. The trailer seems to prominently feature Mortensen’s character’s wife (played by Charlize Theron). I’ll be reading the book again to refresh my memory, but I don’t recall her making more than fleeting appearances in the book. In fact, she is dead before the story starts. I’m hoping they didn’t Hollywoodize this story. It is perfect the way it is. I’ll still see it, but God help them if they mess with my favorite book. I’ll… write a really nasty blog post. That’s how I roll. You mess with what I love I get indignant on my blog. Oh, yeah! I will go there! Watch me!
They are adapting Cormac McCarthy’s brilliant novel, The Road, for the big screen and Viggo Mortensen is playing the father. The son is being played by Kodi Smit-McPhee (Yeah, me either). The book was so incredible I don’t have a lot of faith the movie will live up to the original. Mortensen is a great choice so that does give me some hope. This is from NY Times article:
Viggo Mortensen, who plays the father, said the same thing. “It’s a love story that’s also an endurance contest,” he explained, and quickly added: “I mean that in a positive way. They’re on this difficult journey, and the father is basically learning from the son. So if the father-son thing doesn’t work, then the movie doesn’t work. The rest of it wouldn’t matter. It would never be more than a pretty good movie. But with Kodi in it, it has a chance to be an extremely good movie, maybe even a great one.”
I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. You could almost replace the words “The Road” and with the words “The Old Man and The Sea,” and you wouldn’t skip a beat. Same theme. Same sort of literary genius behind the work.
You can read the entire article here: At World’s End, Honing a Father-Son Dynamic