I absolutely loved Cormac McCarthy’s novel, The Road. Yes, it’s haunting, terrifying, disturbing and even a tad bit depressing, but it’s also full of love, care and hope. As a father, the story affected me greatly. Something about the innocence and optimism of youth buoyed in the unconditional love between a father and son and the sacrifices noble parents make to ensure their children are taught well, disciplined, safe and loved.
At any rate, the film adaptation, directed by John Hillcoat (The Proposition) and starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and Robert Duvall, has been on my cinema radar for quite some time. I was more than encouraged when Tom Chirella of Esquire gave the movie a glowing review last May. But the befuddled trailer and the countless release date changes have made me start to wonder if this movie isn’t being mismanaged by Dimension Films (part of The Weinstein Company) or simply moved again to position it closer to awards voting.
That’s the long way of saying The Road won’t be released on October 16, 2009 as we reported last Friday on the For the People Movie Show, but has been moved to November 25, 2009. I don’t know about you, but nothing says family like the warm fires and dreary ashen skies of a post-apocalyptic wasteland. And nothing says happy holidays like bands of desperate cannibals trying to make your scrawny behind into their Thanksgiving meal.
If you haven’t seen the trailer for The Road, follow this link.