Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.
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I love this simple little film. Not only is it David Gordon Green's best work in a while, but it's a light triumph for all involved. Tim Orr's stunning photography of burned out Texas, Dave Wingo and Explosions in the Sky's gorgeously uplifting score, and low key yet honest and endearing performances from Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch make DGG's study of loneliness and friendship something very special to me.
David Gordon Green comes off The Sitter to go back to the indie low budget darling movie he used to do so well and the results are probably the best he's done so far! After riffing in Terrance Malick beauty and grace of nature territory, Green seems to be more concerned with the absurdity of nature and human drama like Herzog. Very intimate and lightly frightening!
Though the performances from Rudd and Hirsch were funny and heartbreaking, it did feel a little miscast at the beginning. As time went on, it's easy to find yourself invested in their lives and their drama. The small scale and simple aesthetic suits the story, and the soundtrack was fantastic. The introspective montages were a nice touch. All around, a very surprising return to form for Green.
you know, when explosions in the sky are scoring a movie you know that there will be at least one or two breathless sequences. and oh, how i would love to listen their music in other movies, like a comedy, or a porno, or a cartoon, too.
A very well shot light comedy that's actually pretty enjoyable! So so so glad to see Green taking a step back toward making the kind of films that got him a good rep in the first place. I laughed throughout the movie and found the bond formed between these men pretty solid. I hope Green continues in this direction and I have a feeling his upcoming "Joe" won't disappoint.
Nice to see DGG go back to the deep poetic mode as opposed to the silly/flat-out dumb stoner humour he's been doing. Quite beautiful and understated -- the Explosions in the Sky soundtrack has a lot to do with it.