“The Road”

I blogged about the novel “The Road” when I’d finished reading it, way back here.

Last night I went to see the film, which is hard to find in Michigan – right now it’s only in a couple of theatres. Fortunately, one was only an hour away.

I loved it. It was just so, so good. Beautiful, heartbreaking, devastating and yet hopeful. This is a film about hope, and fear, and love and perseverance, and the performances are just incredible.

Is the book better? Probably, because in my head books usually are. But as a huge fan of the book, I’m now also a huge fan of the film. It’s so well done, the story so well told, it left everyone in the theatre sitting, recovering, unable to leave when the credits rolled.

It’s a hard movie to watch: the subject is so dark, the struggles are so intense. The execution of the filmmakers and cast is so strong, however, that you can’t look away – and you can’t help but put yourself in the character’s shoes. And you can’t help but leave the theatre heartbroken, but inspired, and wondering why we sometimes forget that, when it comes down to it, all we really have is our love for one another.

After a long drive home, hampered by snow and wind, I was really thankful to be able to go in and hug my sleeping family.

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