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May 25, 2017
An unconventional Disney film directed by David Lynch. I liked the story and the country element, but it was somewhat of a dull movie that didn't always keep my interest. (First and only viewing - 12/17/2010)
May 3, 2017
A very different kind of film for David Lynch and a great last hurrah for Richard Farnsworth, The Straight Story is a low key movie about the odyssey of an old man across the heartland of America on his John Deere riding lawnmower to see his estranged brother. Along the way this gentle soul reaches out to people he meets, changing his and their lives forever. A well directed and visually beautiful film with a terrific performance from Sissy Speacek (does she give any other kind?) This is truly a classic American film.
½ April 14, 2017
Weird and moving. Celebrates the quirkiness of its material but embraces in its sentimentality.
½ April 2, 2017
hey this is probably the best David Lynch movie
½ March 28, 2017
I have to view this again, but the memories I have of it are fond. Pretty good movie.
March 28, 2017
To put it simply, this is the most beautiful movie ever made. Period.
March 27, 2017
Very slow, yet beautiful. It's all worth it for the ending.
March 6, 2017
The pacing may be a little off, but this Midwestern American odyssey from iconic surrealist David Lynch (of all people) is memorable and tender.
January 29, 2017
For a true story that was made in quite a simple way, it seems to deserve a good rating. Complimenting along with the good acting, it was a straight-forward film and it may have been a bit slower then it should've been, but it was nice and touching enough to at least say that the overall film is certainly more good then not.
January 21, 2017
De ida para encontrarse con su hermano antes de que alguno de los dos se muera, Alvin atraviesa el desastre ecológico de los cultivos extensivos sin cortinas rompeviento y reparte lecciones de vida entre las personas que se encuentra. Las historias de abuelito se enlazan y complementan a las novedades en el camino. Un viaje apacible que da un sentimiento de paz. 8/10
November 6, 2016
A lonely and slow moving film that ultimately has exactly everything you would want out of it, and filled with memorable characters and stories. Oh, and also slow moving, almost painfully slow. But for a film with a plot of a man driving a lawnmower over 300 miles, it isn't something that I can necessarily say should not have been done, but that doesn't mean it doesn't drag its feet. Ultimately, it is a satisfying tale filled with parts that won't easily be forgotten.
November 2, 2016
A very nice tale about to brothers' reunion after a very long time. Great job done by the whole cast.
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.
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