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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…
Angelo Badalamenti's score swells with pure emotion. Similar to another brilliant and beautiful story, Paris, Texas, (there's way too many commas there) this is about a man on the path to redemption. Similar to that movie, this is a pure mannered, unmelodramatic weeper.
Little by little, this curious man is unpacked like a Russian doll. Across Iowa to Wisconsin, cornfields galore on his small lawn mower, we're truly in the midwest. And as the film unfolds, we're confronted with a man whose crippled old frame belies his brutal past: a past of war and alcoholism and brotherly love and loss and children reared amidst violence and tempers. It's almost unbearably close to home.
I think Forrest's stellar review sums it…
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…
So heart-warming and yet sinister too. Like really nice perfume sprayed over something gross! That description doesn’t sound like a good thing but it is damn it.
This movie was so much better than I thought it would be from its synopsis.
Richard Farnsworth puts in a sublime performance in the lead role: the blinking of his eyes, the twitching of his brows or the staring off into space more expressive than hundreds of words of dialogue.
Spare though the dialogue is, what remains is totally believeable.
The film doesn't once stray into mawkish sentimentality, even at some of the most emotional points, which had been my fear before watching.
Add to this the beautiful cinematography and the haunting soundtrack and what you have is a film that more people should be aware of.
Até que ponto o ser simples é bom? No caso do The Straight Story é ótimo, mas porquê? Porque David Lynch é um génio, um génio com classe: e o filme é simples, mas com classe. E o Lynch mais uma vez foi um génio a nível fotográfico: desta vez conseguiu mostrar que a América não é apenas feita de arranha-céus e de cores mortas com "pessoas vivas", pelo contrário, tem estes espaços belos com cores vivas onde as pessoas são vistas como mortas e na verdade têm mais conhecimento para partilhar do que qualquer citadino. Outro milagre, feito inigualável é a maneira como Lynch dá um ar sombrio e misterioso a todos os personagens: Este protagonista parece ser diferente…
My mission in life might have just become: make sure everyone you ever meet has seen (or promises to see) The Straight Story.
If that was my life's work, wouldn't I single-handedly make the world noticeably better?
Won't I have done for them what Alvin did for the young pregnant runaway, and for the bickering mechanic twins? Won't I teach them everything they need to know about life in just a few moments?
This movie, from start to finish, is incredible. Above all, it strikes me as a movie about the beauty of encountering all kinds of people on our journeys. But it's also about death, forgiveness, hope, reconciliation, and family.
The scenes that standout, for me:
-Alvin's hat flies…
The Straight Story is a film packed with emotion. It's probably David Lynch's most normal film also. Alvin Straight is one of the most layered and fascinating characters I've seen in a film. Richard Farnsworth gives an amazing performance working off of a brilliant script. It's slow-moving in its pace but never boring. There's always some new interesting character Alvin meets on his journey, and every encounter reveals a little more about Alvin himself. The score is fantastic, as is the cinematography. As I said at the start, a deeply emotional film that really sticks with you.
Like a modern-day Homer work, a twilight American reflection and the most artistically honorable Disney film in decades, isn't merely about old Alvin Straight's journey through the drowsy hamlets and bucolic boroughs of the Midwest, but about the people he discover to notice and watch over him. You'd think it was a flight of the imagination, this Blanche DuBois pipe dream, if the movie weren't rooted in a reality, supposedly anyway.
Easily Lynch's most underrated film. Such a sweet, touching journey.
David Lynch's most normal movie is the one that feels the strangest to watch because of how unexpectedly grounded and not weird it is.
I really need to watch this again, I don't know how to feel.
Nunca es tarde para perdonar.
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