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A River Runs Through It
The Story of an American Family.
A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying life circumstances in the untamed west of Montana in the 1920's.
Robert Redford's film meander's, occasionally loses it's way, at times gives you what you need and at times leaves you dry. Taken as a whole though it is a GORGEOUS film (shot by legend Philippe Rousselot), with some good performances, some beautiful lessons about life and the simple but penetrating words of author Norman Maclean. Toss in a flexible and intoxicating score by Mark Isham and I can't imagine a more well crafted and enveloping public service announcement about fishing.
Review In A Nutshell:
Robert Redford, an acting legend and a well-respected player in the directing community. This would mark as the first film I have ever seen from the director and I must say I was impressed. I watched this film, finding myself slightly wandering due to the saddening and horrifying situation currently happening in my local city at the moment, but I was still able to appreciate aspects well beyond the film's story.
The performances in this film were effective, demonstrating effective and touching chemistry between its two leads, Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer, elevating the film's sense of drama.
Redford's direction was also notable with its light and dramatic touch, without reaching for lengths of manipulation or…
Review: A River Runs Through It (1992)
Robert Redford's 1992 adaptation of author Norman Maclean's "A River Runs Through It" is indeed a unique and unconventional film experience, since it has both no "discernible" plot in the sense that one can't adequately condense it into a line or two and also because its pace is very slow (even though it's only 2 hours, there are moments when it feels even longer and outstretched).
Even so, it's also a rewarding one. A River Runs Through It has several things in its favor: the consummate direction and narration of Robert Redford, the lush and creative cinematography of Philippe Rousselot that does justice to the vast yet quiet setting, the lyrical score of…
Rejected sequel ideas: A River Death Runs Through It
Robert Redford has always been a passionate curator of nostalgic Americana, but he brings a particularly elegiac edge to A River Runs Through It, his adaptation of Norman Maclean’s autobiography of the same name. Set in the Rocky Mountains in the early twentieth century, it’s about a pair of brothers – Norman (Craig Sheffer) and Paul (Brad Pitt) – who come of age against the kind of landscapes that Aaron Copland might have dreamed of, vistas and visions that set out to rival the greatest canvases of American Romanticism. Like Maclean’s writing, it’s textural, rather than expository, a series of impressionistic incidents anchored in Norman and Paul’s love of fly-fishing, which they get from their father (Tom Skeritt), a Presbyterian…
Robert Redford, o diretor, deu a A River Runs Through It aquele toque simples e quase infalível para esse tipo de história. Nada melhor que citar as palavras do Roger Ebert:
“A River Runs Throught It... é sobre as tentativas de um pai de passar para seus filhos os princípios fundamentais de sua vida. Mas é mais que isso. É também como um de seus filhos se lembra daquelas lições anos depois…”
It is very high art.
So pretty to look at and listen to that I can forgive minor lapses in acting or writing. Meandering, but it fits.
Great story about family combined with beautiful scenery.
Rejected sequel ideas: A River Death Runs Through It
My 2 Cents: Nice story. Nothing too exciting or overly dramatic, which
was actually a nice change of pace. 3/5.
Rotten Tomatoes: 83% (Critics)
Rotten Tomatoes: 84% (Audience)
Beautiful soundtrack. Another great Redford classic.
Reference: Read this script.
Old fashioned? Yes. A bit boring? At times. Anticlimactic? Sort of. Obvious symbolism? Absolutely.
But this movie works, and it is quite good. It's lyrical qualities (thanks to its screenplay and Redford's restrained, pristine direction) help it overcome the obviousness of the archetypes and symbolism. The river is shot coherently and all-encompassingly in a way that gives beauty and distinctiveness to the story of two brothers, one less talented and older (but a hard worker), and the other an artist who continuously fucks up his life. Brad Pitt as that younger brother is EASILY the MVP, and gives that younger brother a charisma that helps him overcome his flaws. Until the brother can't overcome them anymore.
This film makes me think of To Kill a Mockingbird (also, in contrast, all of those terrible Depression era films of the 80s and early 90s), but without the BIG MOMENTS. This is a culmination of small moments.
On the front of the case of this film is a big picture of Brad Pitt and only his name. While his is the biggest name, and he also has a big role in the film, but the lead and protagonist is Crag Sheffer that plays the biggest of the two brothers who's life and relation with his brother Paul plays itself out. Both brother do very good job in their roles and some of the scenes shows so breathtaking landscapes that you cant help liking the film. Also the story of the two brothers love for flyfishing is charming and interesting.....
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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