This fact-based drama follows a 73-year-old man who embarks on a lengthy journey from Iowa to Wisconsin on his lawnmower to mend his relationship with his estranged brother, who has just suffered a heart attack, before it’s too late.
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The idea of Lynch making a G-rated Disney sounds like a joke, but it's unmistakably his right down to the sound design, even if it focuses on the benevolent side of him that tends to get overshadowed by transgression. An ode to the heartland attuned to both beauty and everyday oddness. A sign that even without murder or metaphysics, Lynch could still see the town of Twin Peaks as a place both wonderful and strange.
A perfect minimalist masterpiece and the most unexpected match up between studio and filmmaker. Disney and Lynch. It sounds like a joke but its a beautiful final performance from Farnsworth and an amazingly muted style from Lynch.
even back when i was of a darker turn of mind, this (the title functions as a description of the m.o.) detour for Lynch from his oft obsession with the dark side affected me....now that I've lost all my immediate family, and have news of a new little cousin on the way, i think I'll pay this movie another two hours of my mind....
Quite an unusual achievement from Lynch and such a different path from his usual style. A warm and humanist story of a man who obstinately but calmly sets to do something that others don't necessarily understand. The incorporation of sounds (the wind, the engine of the lawnmower...) is actually very much Lynch, so maybe this is just the other side of the coin instead of being a completely different animal altogether.