The Long and Winding ‘Road’

The movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road was originally scheduled for Nov. ’08 and then was delayed indefinitely. Now, it’s back on the schedule with what looks like a firm date, Oct 16th, and a shot at the Oscars.

The movie stars Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron and Robert Duvall.

Esquire, which seems to have had an exclusive viewing of the film, reviews it on their site, calling it “the most important movie of the year”:

You should see it for the simplest of reasons: Because it is a good story. Not because it may be important. Not because it is unforgettable, unyielding. Not because it horrifies. Not because the score is creepily spiritual. Not because it is littered with small lines of dialogue you will remember later. Not because it contains warnings against our own demise. All of that is so. Don’t see it just because you loved the book. The movie stands alone. Go see it because it’s two small people set against the ugly backdrop of the world undone. A story without guarantees. In every moment — even the last one — you’ll want to know what happens next, even if you can hardly stand to look.


The trailer also appeared online this week.

Unlike the film, the movie tie-in came out as originally scheduled last October and became an NYT bestseller even without the film.

The Road (Movie Tie-in Edition) 
Cormac McCarthy
Price: $14.95
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage – (2008-10-14)
ISBN-10: 0307455297
ISBN-13: 9780307455291

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