The Road Reviews
Holy cow, this movie is BLEAK. Right off the bat, we get thrown into this horrible, broken world (shot in Pennsylvania) with narration by Mortensen. He explains that most survivors are thieves and cannibals and that he and his son are "the good guys." They are as good as good gets in this world, which might not even be that great. Mortensen's protective nature drives him to do a couple of horrible things, which disturbs McPhee. Both of these actors deliver fantastic performances and have great chemistry with each other. Charlize Theron, seen in flashbacks as the wife/mother, adds to the background of Mortensen's character, who is increasingly feeling hopeless. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis wrote the film score for this movie, and it is incredibly fitting; the contrasting music between the grim scenes and the hopeful scenes is spectacular.
I really love this movie, but I do have a disclaimer for anybody out there who might watch this: this is a TOUGH movie to watch. I had to take a break halfway through it because it was so heavy. The Road is a fantastic movie for what it is, but it definitely is not something you turn on when you're bored on a Saturday afternoon. If you're in the right mindset going into the movie, you'll leave satisfied.
Final grade: B+