Lovely vivid animation on par with the late golden age Disney animation of the 90s. Too many musical numbers for my taste but the story was fascinating even though it was pretty shallow - but its a kids movie right?
There was a definitive spark between Ed Harris, Elizabeth Olsen and Jason Sudeikis and they had good chemistry going on, but Harris playing an old dirtbag always making comments and sexual remarks at Olsen's body, who played his nurse, became during the course of the film creepier and creepier. Also the way he was hinting that it would please him if his son and Olsen had sex together, like... ugh what? They couldn't even be at Harris' brother's house without it centering around sex. Overlong and too much sex talk for me.
There is something about the atmosphere in Two-Lane Blacktop that makes it stand out. The tribute to pure Americana in a changing society, the open roads and the urge for freedom; alone or with a companion.
James Taylor and Dennis Wilson are both very naturalistic in their portrayals and Hellman's choice to give them sparse dialog was a good choice. It brings out authenticity how these kind of aloof guys would be in real life. Being musical artists and not…
William Fichtner as the concerned neighbor was heavily miscast, he gave off serial killer vibes for Christ sake! And "the romance" between him and the female neighbor wasn't exactly believable, with alot of awkwardness and lacking of chemistry. Also a bad script, the only one who shined a little was Michael Rosenbaum.