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Thunder Road deftly balances emotionally affecting drama against bruising comedy - and serves as an outstanding calling card for writer-director-star Jim Cummings.
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Remarkably, Cummings manages to piece these oddball vignettes into a vivid drama with its own unpredictable, startlingly lovely shape.
I have seen humanistic American filmmaking's future, and its name is Jim Cummings.
Offers a memorable depiction of a man ill-equipped to deal with or direct his feelings-probably not all that different from the rest of us.
Cummings, who also wrote and directed the film, has delivered a remarkable tragicomic performance in the lead.
Driven by Cummings' transfixingly vulnerable performance, the movie not only justifies returning to the source: Shockingly, it does so without even using the device that seemed key to the short's success.
When Cummings finds the right balance of dramatic license and believable characterization, 'Thunder Road' is exhilarating to watch.
This is absolutely Cummings' film in every sense of that idea and he deserves credit for his sheer willingness to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at his performance.
Thunder Road is a striking and poignant piece of independent cinema that will leave audiences wondering how no one made them see it weeks ago.
It's the kind of life-affirming movie that's become a rarity as cinemas focus on saturation with big-budget borefests.
A difficult balance to strike, but Cummings pulls it off.
A penetrating study of grief, loss and mental breakdown that isn't easily forgotten.
Cummings' writing is superb - dense and sad and very, very funny - and his performance matches the dialogue perfectly, brilliantly drawing a man in very real crisis.
Cummings understands that there's a very fine line between cringe comedy and devastating tragedy and his near perfect performance does both seamlessly.
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