The Road


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From the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy.

A father and son make their way across the post-Apocalypse United States.

This was the choice of our book and movie review group. Mostly mine, I admit, I put all my voting points behind it instead of splitting them up. Spider Jerusalem put it on the voting list, but whenever anyone mentioned it he said, It’s really dark. You know it’s dark, right? it’s REALLY depressing. It’s dark.

Okay, SJ, got it!

And of course he was right.

Now, that’s not to say that the book isn’t well written…I thought McCarthy’s writing was amazing. The book was short, didn’t waste a word, and the precision and care that the author used in writing it was really wonderful to read. Yes, it was dark, the world is spiraling down the drain and people are just trying to survive as long as they can…but the writing was really good.

The movie…not so much. It was well done. Viggo Mortenson is always a good actor. They did a good job of translating the book into a movie…but it didn’t have any of the beauty and style that the book did, it was just a sad and depressing movie about the end of the world and two people holding on as long as they could.

Read the book, you can skip the movie, no added value there.

Oh, there was one good thing to come out of it though: I made a dessert called Clafoutis for the first time the night the group got together to watch it, and it was absolutely DELICIOUS. And because we ate it while watching The Road, it is now known as The Dessert of Despair.

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