Director Alexander Payne and I have never seen eye to eye.
Since his movie Election (which I did like), the rest of his films — Sideways, Cedar Rapids, The Descendants — just don’t speak to me.
I doubt he’s losing sleep over it.
It seemed to have it all.
The two leading men, of course. The black-and-white look, which seemed perfect for this road trip film. Great trailers, too.
Tragically, Alex has led me astray yet again.
In the film, the car trip takes three or four days. I would swear the movie — advertised as 1 hour 54 minutes — is actually that long. It is slow…so very slow.
The driving sequences are slow. The conversations are slow. There’s a couple of fights scenes, and their fists look like they are in slow motion even though they’re not.
I really enjoyed three scenes in the movie. And the performances are wonderful — especially June Squibb, who plays Bruce Dern’s kick of a wife. But there are long stretches of your life…
..that you will never get back.