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A step back in the right direction for director David Gordon Green, Prince Avalanche shambles amiably along with a pair of artfully low-key performances from Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.
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One of the most intriguing and thoughtful American films of the year.
Its absurdist tact won't be for everybody, but there is satisfaction in the nuanced, often-pleasing performances from Rudd and Hirsch as they slowly reveal their characters to both the audience and each other. These two grow on you.
It's an intimate two-hander with lots of dialogue, humour and poignant revelations, set against a backdrop of rugged woodland beauty.
[A] gently existentialist buddy movie.
The performances and ghostly, melancholic atmosphere make it satisfying twist on the male buddy film.
David Gordon Green somehow brings together the poetic sensibility of his independent art movies and the humorous lowbrow non sequiturs of his studio comedies; the results are one of a kind and often weirdly moving.
It feels as though Gordon Green was never entirely sure what type of film he wanted to make, and so it remains something of an enigma; interesting and engaging, if never quite fulfilling
Prince Avalanche would have made a fantastic short film, but as a feature, my only critique is that it seemed to drag a bit.
One of Prince Avalanche's central problems comes from the contrast of David Wingo's ethereal, overly weighty score, which seems to attempt to elevate the bromance humour to a more profound level.
Prince Avalanche has the pristine integrity of a movie that knows exactly what it wants to be -- and doesn't worry whether many or any will be eager to jump aboard.
There's almost no plot and just two other minor characters but Prince Avalanche is a haunting, eccentric and ultimately touching little curio.
(Director David Gordon) Green combines the comic warmth and buddy film fun of Pineapple Express with the more laconic, musing quality of his early regional indies for a modest short story of a character piece.
An enjoyable blend of funny and melancholy that benefits from Green's solid direction and strong performances by Rudd and Hirsch, even if it feels a bit vague and purposely enigmatic as its title, with the dialogue also becoming artificial after a certain hip accident scene.
Cinematography was beautiful and the story seemed like it was going to be touching, but it never really all came together. Ended up feeling kind of incomplete.
Alvin: True love is like a ghost- people talk about it, but very few have seen it.
Prince Avalanche is a return to roots for David Gordon Green. It takes him back to the quiet, indie type of filmmaking that got him started with a movie like George Washington. It has no real beginning and no real ending, and it definitely isn't for everyone. It's a completely different type of film then the comedies he's been making like Pineapple Express, Your Highness, and The Sitter, and it shows is versatility as a filmmaker.
Two guys, Alvin and Lance are working on an isolated highway away from any town during the summer of 1988. They're painting the lines on a road that had been destroyed, along with many houses during a major wildfire in Texas. The two are very different, but they begin to kindle a friendship as they help each other through tough moments of their lives.
This is a movie that many will think is boring, pointless filmmaking, but if you are like me, and enjoy these subtle, performance driven movies, then it's worth a look. Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch give good performances, and for the most part are the only people on screen. In the end, I never feel in love with the film, but it was one I enjoyed for the most part.
Well, I watched this to see my fave Paul Rudd. If he hadn't been in it, I most likely wouldn't even made it half way through. It is very slow, and dull, but he helped with the tediousness, Nothing exciting to see here, just a story slowly unfolding in front of our eyes...very slowly.
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