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.
If David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Wim Wenders all sat down and had a coffee & this coffee had a womb, this would be their lovechild.
A perfect, warm and loving road movie, filled with philosophical undertones, but ahead of everything else. Has values and truth that reassures you that maybe humanity is not all that doomed.
A simple story of a simple man on a not simple journey, Lynch's most transcendental film
We often underestimate the inspiring effect films of this kind can have on ourselves. But I am prepared to welcome kindly the warming message in this humbling tale, should you wish to look at it with a warming heart. The film connects at an emotional level simply because of the exceptional work of the late Richard Farnsworth, a fine actor who personifies like no other the pace and mood of this story.
I'm not sure why this is a Disney film. It's definitely as you can tell by the way it is shot a David Lynch film, surreal and dreamlike, but tells the true story of Alvin Straight, who embarked on a journey from Iowa to Wisconsin to make amends with his distant brother. Everyone is great in this film and there is something quite special about it. Unique and personal, a David Lynch masterpiece.