This is not a typical coming of age film. This is a movie about America, about America after The Great Depression, about the core of capitalism, about all the challenges we may face, shown from a young boy's perspective. Blazing set decoration and fine editing transform this tiny movie by Steven Soderbegh to one of his most remarkable works, capturing U.S. during world wars.
The recurring metaphor of KotH is a dog still being a dog when it walks on two legs, yet the thematic metaphor is closer to a person still being a person when forced to crawl on all fours. It's an affecting depression drama which recycles its triumph>humiliation narrative a little too regularly, yet its episodic narratives and touching human resilience shine above. Great cast and of course I'll watch any Sodey.
This is another of Soderbergh's little gems. The depression has only once been captured so viscerally and that is in, the Grapes of Wrath. The boy's desperation and our reaction to it is heart felt. A wonderful adaptation of A.E. Hotchner' memoir of the same name. The cinematography, by Eliot Davis, who also shot, Out of Sight, is sensational. The cast is excellent. I cannot rate it higher.