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October 2, 2016
Very delicate, warm and beautiful movie. While different from most movies of Lynch, it actually has the same delicate touch as the Elephant Man, which also was based on a true story.
½ August 12, 2016
David Lynch? A straight, coherent narrative with nothing to interpret? OK. VERY sweet, flirting with saccharine, but I think doing just enough to avoid it. And in all honesty, probably a better story than Forrest Gump, with bonus veracity behind it. Just a couple of minor complaints here and there, e.g. the old woman picking up the phone in a panic saying she can't remember the number for 911. Ridiculously lame joke, sorry. But like I said, minor complaints is all. This is a fine way to introduce your kids to the filmography of David Lynch, build their trust and then drop Eraserhead on their asses.
August 10, 2016
anyone who 's never seen this will never forget it. just watch it.
August 7, 2016
Lynch is known for films that operate within our subconscious. Some of us like this. Other's dislike this. Others don't even get what Lynch is doing in his films. But this is a film for everyone with a heart, which is something we don't ever expect to hear about a Lynch film. The Straight Story is exactly what the title of the film suggests. It's a straight story. Simplicity is Lynch's greatest ally in this film, and that's a good thing on so many levels. It was time for Lynch to break away from the surreal and all of the complications that go a long with surrealism. Sometimes trying to uncover who Killed Laura Palmer, figuring out who the missing ear belongs to, and making sense of Eraserhead gets too overwhelming. We need a film that is as easy to watch as it is to drink a nice cup of damn good coffee. Damn good film you've crafted, Mr. Lynch.
July 18, 2016
Lynch' weakest film, not because a simple story, but a poor, television-feeling directing. Interesting: made between his two finest achivment: Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive.
March 29, 2016
David Lynch's most deviating film of his regular type of movie making is called ''The Straight Story'' and wow what a moving, gorgeous, extraordinary, emotional, American odyssey this one is. Because the film was directed by David Lynch, who usually deals in the bizarre, we keep waiting for the other shoe to drop--for Alvin's odyssey to intersect with the Twilight Zone. But it never does.
''The Straight Story'' is astonishing in how simplistic, yet deep it is. Everything about Farnsworth's performance is brilliantly simple, just an old american trying to visit his brother before it's too late, and because he's not allowed to drive, he decides to drive cross country on a lawn-mower with a max speed of 5 miles an hour. This seems like a melodramatic plot to a cheesy movie, but keep in mind, this is based on a true story, and it handles the material perfectly.
Following that notion is how simple but incredibly heartfelt the screenplay is, with simple characters saying things like: ''What is the number for 9-1-1?!'' or ''What do you need that grabber for Alvie?, Alvie answers: Grabbing'. '' but this screenplay also includes some philosophical, deep and meaningful dialogue like when Alvie tells a story to another war veteran about the war, or a little game he used to play with his children (i dont want to spoil anything, but you'll know what i mean when you'll watch it) and there are many more scenes like that.
''The Straight Story'' is a straight-forward movie that's simple and easy to follow, unlike previous Lynch movies, but Lynch does make this story his own by using imagery and metaphors while shooting this movie. For example the people Alvin talks to, the first he talks to is a young runaway and he tells a story about how many kids he's had and how many grandkids, then he talks to a bunch of adolescents, then to an old war veteran in a bar, then to a pastor in a cemetery, all before his journey ends and visits his brother Lyle. Also the landscapes he drives through start of by being green, full of life, and sunny. But slowly digress into darker imagery, a girl hitting a deer before his eyes, him almost crashing down a hill because of the weakness of his lawnmower, and talking to a pastor on a cemetery. (You see/get the idea right) But the plot is so simple, yet so brilliant and dualistic, the clues in this to why Alvin Straight is REALLY going to see on his brother on his tractor, are delivered with a degree of subtle high-art that even most reviewers of this film missed, but to give a hint... Runaway Girl (aka Dorothy from Oz invoking "no place like home" to start the journey) = Human Birth
Deer-strike Lady = Human Ambition (with the leering deer symbolizing that which is lost in its wake)
Tractor Brakes/House On Fire= Lynch's explanation of what REALLY VERY close attention to that scene.
The Handymen Dialogue= Human Honesty (as a result of the above)
Bartender Scene= Human Accomplishment
Graveyard Scene= Impending Mortality
Dead Engine Short Of Destination= Deserved Punishment (notice how Alvin accepts this knowing he has earned this fate) and finally, I feel the greatest moment in the Lynch film...
Old Man On Tractor= God Camera Pans Away= Dignity Of Private Confession Immaculate Repair= Sins Forgiven

The Straight Story is a G-Rated masterpiece.

(Tip: before viewing, bring a box of tissues because, man, this film will tear you up. Multiple times. e.g The ending with his brother... yes... the bar scene with the two aged characters talking about the war... yes... Rosie's story of losing her kids... yes... Really, anytime Straight talked about his life or extended his thanks for someone's courtesy... yes, it had me crying)

All in all ''The Straight Story'' is an absolutely beautiful film, and a hidden gem in Lynch's filmography overshadowed by his magnum opus'.
''The Straight Story'' is anoverlooked and forgotten masterpiece.
March 13, 2016
A really warm, gentle and touching film that is very different from what I'm used to from David Lynch's 'usual' nightmarish surreal worlds, but equally great. Whilst many might struggle with the slower pace, personally I loved it. Some wonderful performances, gorgeous cinematography and beautiful music from Angelo Badalamenti. Well worth seeing on a wiped out Sunday.
Super Reviewer
February 24, 2016
A surprise here even before the film gets to rolling: 1) Its a Disney production and 2) its directed by David Lynch. If ever there was unlikely matchup this is the one. And yet ... a remarkable effort, one for adults only, but not for the reasons you might think. An ailing elderly man travels across country to visit his ailing elderly brother - on a lawnmower. The action happens just about as fast as a lawnmower goes that's what'll freeze out the attention deficit disordered younglings. But for the older amongst us a unique look at a sober speed about what's truly important in life, with quality performances by all concerned.
January 19, 2016
Watched this movie as a teenager, surprised how much I remembered from it. Unlike the garbage Billy Bob Thornton was putting out, this feel-core film is 5 feels out of 5. Excellent sound design. The draw backs are that the pacing is a bit slow for most people and the low budget can kind of make the production feel like a made for TV film. It shares a trait with Haruki Murakami novels in that the stories told within the story are better than the overarching plot.
½ December 19, 2015
A superb story so well enacted with superb direction and editing. Truly mesmerising, draws you in nicely and keeps you engrossed ! Fabulous acting by Richard Farnsworth
½ November 24, 2015
I love Lynch because he's different but this is so slow and boring, it's not for me, I prefer his other work.
½ November 24, 2015
A flawed film for sure, but a heartwarming and thought-provoking one.
½ November 19, 2015
Finally watched this wonderful gem that I missed all those years ago. David Lynch managed to create a film with real heart and told so delicately. A true life journey film.
November 1, 2015
Another slice of Americana from its premiere director & champion...a little slow in spots, but still very enjoyable. The acting is superb.
August 20, 2015
A weird turn for David Lynch being his most family friendly movie he has ever made but still a great movie in his filmography. Richard Farnsworth and Sissy Spacek are great and it is well written, has a great score, and beautiful cinematography.
½ July 5, 2015
While this movie can feel slow at times, The Straight Story is another David Lynch masterpiece. However the strange thing is not the fact this is different from his other films, but the guy that made the Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive. and Eraserhead would make a story that is not very surreal but more faithful to amazing things and warm emotions that a human can have, as it is based on a real story.
June 1, 2015
"The Straight Story" is a kind, heartwarming true story about Alvin Straight, who traveled from Iowa to Wisconsin on a lawn mower to see his brother after the latter suffered a stroke. A rather change of genre from his usual films, David Lynch's direction was excellent, captivating, & dramatic, while at the same time the acting was very good (Richard Farnsworth was nominated for the Best Leading Actor Oscar), the scenery & music were beautiful, & the whole story was amazing & caring; makes you appreciate for looking out for your family & make amends if things got out of hand. One of the best films of the 1990s & by David Lynch!
April 19, 2015
it's a Disney film by David Lynch. watch it.
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