Today we’re talking about The Straight Story. I had heard about the movie previously but wasn’t aware it’s a Lynch film. Well, color me intrigued! Also, after this we only have two more David Lynch pictures to review, so make sure to check back for those. 🙂
The Plot (as found on RT):
A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) learns one day that his distant brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver’s license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.
Some Lynch movies are super weird, you have to spend some time pondering them in order to find a semblance of sense in them. And then there are movies like The Straight Story that are perfectly wonderful and kick you right in the feels! I had heard of that film where and old dude drives across the states on a lawnmower but that was literally all I knew about it. As I mentioned above, I didn’t even know that it’s a David Lynch picture until I saw it listed at my local cinema.
I went to check out all other Lynch movies they showed, so of course I also went for this one. I didn’t even check out the trailer and just decided to let it surprise me. Well, after the movie was over some people at the cinema actually started clapping. And that has never happened, not even when they showed LOTR!
I wouldn’t call it the best movie I have ever seen but I definitely don’t have any complaints either. It was wonderfully made, had great moment that tug at your heartstrings without being overly sentimental. Richard Farnsworth plays the role to perfection and you’re just rooting so hard for him. He even was nominated for an Academy Award for this role, by the way! It’s also based on a true story which makes the whole experience even more emotinal.
The movie is quite simplistic in pretty much all aspects and I glad they went with that. It’s what the story demands and trying to beautify things or gloss over some stuff would have ruined everything in my opinion. Maybe that’s why it feels like such a unique experience – it seems just very realistic and authentic.
This is just an all-around wonderful picture that’ll warm your heart. I have nothing to criticize! It’s probably the most un-Lynch movie of all the films David Lynch ever made, so even if you don’t usually enjoy his stuff, please give this one a shot!
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!