June 21, 2010

A River Runs Through It - 1992

Director: Robert Redford
Writer: Richard Friedenberg
Starring: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt

"It is true we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don't know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it those we live with and should know who elude us. But we can still love them - we can love completely without complete understanding. " Based on Norman Maclean's autobiography, this film by Robert Redford focuses on the early adult years of Norman (Sheffer) and Paul (Pitt) Maclean, and their complex relationship with both each other and their father (Skerritt), a local reverend.

There's a certain category of films I can neither recommend nor discourage, and this film unfortunately falls into that jurisdiction. The performances are more than decent, it's a fair adaptation of the source material, and the cinematographic is deservedly Oscar-winning. However, the attention paid to fly-fishing in this film, as well as its sharp turn toward (and then immediately away from) a romance near the end, as well as a few other things, made the subject matter simply not interesting to me. If you have two hours to spare, and enjoy looking at trees and fish and Brad Pitt, go for it.

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