Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” is one of the most moving books I’ve ever read, probably because I dread the inevitable end-of-the-world and all the unfathomable violence and horror that would follow such a doomsday event, and also because I am a father and protecting my family is what I am supposed to do and would do by and with any means necessary.
But I’m not so sure about this trailer.
Does it look to be a great movie? Sure, but the way the trailer is structured makes me wonder how many liberties they’ve taken with the story, specifically how the world ends (which McCarthy never really spells out, but we assume nuclear war), Charlize Theron’s ample role despite portraying a character we only read about in the past tense, and how prevalent the “bad guys” are in the trailer. I do like how meaty Viggo’s beard is. He definitely has a place on Planet Beardatron.
Don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to “The Road,” which hits theaters on October 16th, 2009, but I’m thinking again of how books-to-movies always seem to be more disappointing than fulfilling.