Two-Lane Blacktop Reviews
The plot is so bare it almost really doesn't exist. We get two guys known solely as The Driver and The Mechanic who make a living aimlessly driving from town to town across the southwest in their '55 primer gray Chevy challenging anyone they can to drag races to make a little cash for food. One day they take on GTO, a driver of the eponymous 1970 car, and challenge him to a cross country race t Washington D.C. for pink slips...and that's pretty much it. Oh yeah, and there's a girl of course.
From a technical standpoint, the film is quite a marvel. I love the sparseness of it, it's got a strong sense of style that perfectly fits the era, and it's shot, framed, and edited very well. It's also quite faithful and authentic to the culture of the automobile.
The performances are fine, given the material, and I'm curious as to why musicians James Taylor and Dennis Wilson (Driver and Mechanic, respectively), didn't take on more acting gigs. Warren Oates is also good as GTO.
All in all, this isn't a film for everyone, but it's worth watching if you can tap into its specific groove, sit back, and relax.
This film found a whole area of unexplored territory for American cinematic style. It didn't didn't just dwell in this exploration, it pushed it to a more natural level to fit the style of the film. While it does that, it remains true to the pureness of it all, the road, itself, and it's attitude. I didn't expect to find as much meaning and brilliance as I did.
It's an interesting film, though nothing so enthralling that I would recommend watching late at night or anything, unless you know you'll stay up for it.
I will say that I have had it grow for me in leaps and bounds on a re-watch off the To-Watch Pile, upping it an entire star rating here.
Recommended. Check it out.