American Pastoral ★★★

This is a well acted adaptation of a sprawling Philip Roth novel about a family shattered by the daughter's radicalization during the Vietnam war times. Ewen McGregor's direction (and his ok American accent playing the emotionally fraught father) was more than adequate; but the script, at least for me, failed to present characters that always rang true to life. However, as a painful reminder of this chaotic period in American history, the film awakened fears about the course of our current national political dialog. Are we now about to be faced with a return to the violence of the Weathermen bombers? For me, no matter how accurate a picture of a tragic family drama the film presented, this subtextural reminder of a return to the terror of the '60s and '70s affected my response to the film. Your mileage may vary.