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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.
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.
Prince Avalanche is a remake of an Icelandic movie (Either Way), but it's pure David Gordon Green, from its absurdist humor to its quiet, haunted landscapes. (David Wingo's delicate score enhances both the wit and the wonder.)
If Laurel and Hardy, wearing matching baggy overalls and similarly dumbstruck expressions, had starred in a screen version of Waiting for Godot, the results wouldn't be far afield from Prince Avalanche.
The movie feels like there wasn't a script. Like Green just handed Rudd and Hirsche two pairs of overalls, a few bottles of grain alcohol and set the cameras rolling as they bromanced it out over a weekend in the woods.
Plenty of absurd and deadpan humor, even slapstick, with a melancholy undertone. A minimalist tale of mismatched workers who paint lines on isolated Texas roads. Good performances, Paul Rudd is particularly impressive.
It's a schlubby, existential, black-box-theater character study, steeped in warm silences and anxious boys' talk, sugared up with sublime shots of fire-ravaged forest and wild streams percolating with raindrops.