The Straight Story
"The Straight Story" chronicles a trip made by 73-year-old Alvin Straight from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin, in 1994 while riding a lawn mower. The man undertook his strange journey to mend his relationship with his ill, estranged, 75-year-old brother Lyle.
There are twelve levels of cinematic emotionality. It goes like this, in order from least serious to holy shit bro, stop crying:
1. A slight clenching in the throat and behind the eyes.
2. Eye moisture.
3. Greater amounts of eye moisture.
4. Actual, honest-to-god, mobile tears.
5. Tears accompanied by a trembling of the lip.
6. So many tears that it becomes difficult to see.
7. Repressed whimpers.
9. Loud whimpers.
10. Full on bawling.
11. The Straight Story.
12. Shitting yourself to death.
Only three movie scenes in my life have ever actually made me cry. And when I say cry, I mean CRY. Like cry cry. I "cry" during movies all the time. But I…
Is it possible to give a film seven stars on here? Because it should be.
Fuck off, "Magnolia", this is my favorite movie now. Why? Because David Lynch. Because Richard Farnsworth. Because Angelo Badalamenti. Because Harry Dean Stanton. Because Sissy Spacek. Because dat soundtrack. Because dat emotion. Because dat "that's family" speech. Because dat fucking ending, holy shit.
THIS is how to make a movie, people. It's slow-moving but not boring. It's intensely emotional without being sappy or sentimental. It's well-directed, well-edited, and brilliantly acted. Richard Farnsworth deserves an enchanted longsword for the performance he gives here. My god. His face is like some sort of ever-changing, capricious elven forest. His face is like a "Magic: The Gathering" card.…
It is sometimes easy to forget what a versatile director Lynch really is as he lately only deals in vagueness and weirdness. The Straight Story is a gentle reminder of what Lynch is also capable of. Delving into a character and placing him into the real world through us, his viewers.
The title is far from a clever play on words but its ambiguity serves the film really well as this really is a simple story told in the straightest way imaginable by a director who can find the realness in a performance and a character, be they big or small. Just look at the faces of the people our hero encounters, they are real people, heck, look at our…
I've been going through some major life changes recently. I'm attending college, I'm becoming a full-fledged adult, and, for maybe the first time ever, I feel genuinely happy. I feel content and optimistic and hopeful about my life and the direction in which it's going. But there's one event that definitely takes the cake in terms of amazingness.
If any of you have been following me for long enough, you might remember an earlier review I did for this film. In it, I described how THE STRAIGHT STORY had become my inspiration for reconnecting with a friend who I treated like dogshit. Well, your long wait of bated breath is finally over, because I am here to tell you that…
In a time of great stress for me (exams etc.) I was in desperate need for something to calm me down and contemplate things in blissful quietness. David Lynch's The Straight Story thus couldn't have come at a better time and it feels wonderful letting the master of surrealism tug at my heart strings with this simple but honest story of an old man going on a trip to see his ill-struck brother. Seeing the names Disney and David Lynch in collaboration seems so very very wrong until you actually see the movie and subsequently wish it would happen more often. It shows that the man is not just talented in his own field and actually has a range he…
Movie #4 in my David Lynch project
David Lynch is often put into a box, categorized as a surrealist filmmaker who is fascinated by sex and violence, as well as the seedy underbelly of American culture. However the Straight Story proves otherwise - Lynch is in fact a very versatile, talented auteur.
One could say that The Straight Story is the antithesis of the stereotypical Lynch movie. There is no sex, no violence, no mystery. Instead of fast cars racing past the yellow dotted lines of the highway, we get a slow tractor creeping along the road. Yet the Straight Story is one of the most humanistic movies in Lynch's filmography. When all of his tropes are shed, Lynch proves…
What's to say about this, it's the most straight forward film from David Lynch and the most sentimental but not overly so. It's beautiful, it ends exactly how I expected but it caught me off guard by how well it was executed.
Even a simple and straightforward story can swoop you, if it's told the right way and boy how great is this story told. Brillaint cinematography, perfect pacing and very good written characters brought to life by well suited actors, all give this film great depth, even though it looks very simple. Badalamenti shines again with his score and in this films his score is way upfront, unlike in the sureal films where the sound design had the number one spot.
I take my hat off (See what I did there? Nope? Ok, I'll shut up) to David Lynch for this film.
Film #2 of The December Challenge
There isn't any deep meaning behind the title of this movie. It just tells us exactly what this movie is. A simple, straight forward story. No side stories, no flashbacks. And some times, those stories are the best kind of stories.
My biggest compliment to The Straight Story is how real and human it is. Everyone Alvin meets on the way are people, real and human, none of them appear to be actors. Richard Farnsworth's performance is so real and genuine, and it never seems like he's actually acting, which is probably the biggest compliment I can give an actor.
The Straight Story is a simple, real and human story, with an exceptional performance from Richard Farnsworth.
Long time (10 years min) no seen.
I forgot how simple it is and how little Hollywood is left. It came as a total surprise from a Disney movie.
"I'd give each one of 'em a stick and, one for each one of 'em, then I'd say, 'You break that.' Course they could real easy. Then I'd say, 'Tie them sticks in a bundle and try to break that.' Course they couldn't. Then I'd say, 'That bundle... that's family.'"
Forrest, if you're reading this, you'll be very pleased to know that I cried bitch tears during that scene, and I would gladly do it again.
David Lynch used to say that "Fire Walk With Me" was his most experimental film -- until he made "The Straight Story," that is. And I believe it. It's sweet and heart-warming and wholesome like a slice of pecan pie, but it avoids feeling…
It's a David Lynch film? It's a David Lynch film.
Review to come...with possibly more tears.
"Well, the worst part of being old is rememberin' when you was young."
And those words cannot be anymore true. The Straight Story is a somber examination of old age, a moving tribute to the rocky relationship of siblings as time goes on, and an overall harrowing metaphysical journey that plays out like a children's film. Although kids should technically be able to view this film, it is really meant for the experienced to watch. That doesn't mean old by any means but people filled with wisdom, those who seek redemption, or those who just want to see a great film. Yeah, this film lacks that classic Lynchian spark and at times it feels dull, but never did this film…