Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Straight Story

The movie I watched on the big TV last night to reward myself for getting chores done was The Straight Story starring Richard Farnsworth, directed by David Lynch and soundtrack composed and conducted by Angelo Badalamenti. And what a reward it was. I've loved Lynch and Badalamenti ever since I saw my first Twin Peaks episode in the early 90s.

This was a much different story from any by Lynch that I've ever seen and the only one I feel comfortable recommending to my Mom and mother-in-law. And yet the Lynch touch was there in the framing of the shots and Badalamenti's hand in the music was obvious by the third note.

This was a true story that has all the earmarks of a classic quest tale. It has all the elements which makes great literature or art great.

Seeing Cissy Spacek playing the adult daughter of the lead character was an added treat as I've followed her career since my own teens. She really showcased her talent playing the woman Rose with a stutter.

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