Just saw this on netflix and liked it. I knew that it was the Sean Penn directed one. I should be ticked at him as I never heard from him when I sent him a Gun Totin Chaplain book and suggested we hang out. Can you believe it?
I had heard about the movie, maybe docudrama, whatever that is. But, I will have to admit, I thought it was good. And, it is apparent to me that the writers of the book from whence came the movie wrote a story. Writing a story is not always the facts. But, I think there is surely elements of it here. My daughter says the guy in the story is a flaming nut. So much for objectivity but she had read about him. And, to tell a little of the basic story without giving it a way: a kid finishes College and just disappears into the wilds to experience it and drop out. My daughter says the stuff she has read has to do with his intentions of basically committing suicide. The movie didn’t exactly portray this. In the movie, a somewhat misguided and adventuresome and above all, “likeable” kid simply takes off to have experiences.
What we come to realize quickly, however, is that there’s more to it than finding experiences. The age old wrestling with family drama is at center stage. And, the realization from the viewer’s point that parents can and do inflict unbelievable havoc upon their children. William Hurt, one of my favorite actors who has to be about the most versitle actor around played the father; early on, dishonest even in very way and then an ego as big as all outdoors. A mousy Mom who won’t stand up; much emotional abuse and some physical.
What is fascinating to me about the parental stuff is apparently, at least qccording to the credits, the parents cooperated. I was pretty surprised but also, the daughter who is part of the drama and even says the parents moderated. And, they did so mostly through the grief of losing a son.
I thought at the end, what a waste. And, what do we do when or if our kids go off the deep end. Well, in my view, we don’t sit back for sure. I would see this movie, always touches me when I realize how all of us as parents could have done a better job and that in way or another, we can’t miss those opportunites that invariably happen with our kids. I beleive there’s a small window when we have to make sure we don’t lose them. Amen.
A non movie thing. Rachael and Lilly and I checked out the Hard Knox cafe, supposely good country food. They need a southern type taste tester. Really kind of funny. The owners are Vietnamese and Mexican. Got to love it. I had collard greens, catfish, and candy yams. These were southern type things but about as close to the taste as some yankee thinking he knows grits. So…