The Straight Story

The Straight Story

A beautifully simple film. Gorgeous rolling cornfields and blue skies. Like any good road movie, Straight encounters all kinds of fascinating side characters. This cast of oddballs is unmistakably Lynch. The sincere appreciation for the American heartland brims with the warmth that he brings to his other works, and his usual manic terror is sublimated into a somber acceptance of death and old age. Farnsworth is key here. The amount of regret and wisdom but also real fear of dying without reconciling with his brother he brings to Straight is deeply touching. One of Lynch’s best and his most under seen.