A USA Today
First Look at The Road
, with a link to six more photos from the production.
Startlingly so close to the semblance of certain passages in the book , is it just me or do these stills make one feel bit jacked up and speedy .... i mention this not to be clever... nor liken the feeling to passing it off as fanboy anticipation and concern for accuracy in so honoring the text ... but something more... Indeed having been likewise purifed so by the refining fire of McCarthy's book ... i cant help but feel some sort of weird tension... felt not since the experiencing the film " The Passion." I dont know whether to honestly cheer about this or somberly go back in the house and fill all my bathtubs up with water...and kiss my baby boy
the look or better gaze... in the eyes of all these great actors there in the stills recall the poem by Rilke called The Panther
... these stills shares a common gaze... both allude to the same tension of the primordial tooth and claw of nature...versus the true, the good, and beauty of humanity enduring so in the father and his Son in one word family... while the worlds on fire. The nature vs man theme used as it was in the McCarthy's earlier work the Crossing...of a boy and a wolf might be more applicable to the poem... yet i still think it resonates here in the gaze of all the stills .. and because of this it seems Hillcoat looks like he is gonna deliver more than just the goods, in something exceeding a simple cineplex viewing experience... but something akin and along the lines of a 2 hr witnessing ...a beholding if u will... for much like the pieta in the end of the Passion the images here gaze literally back at and into....me the viewer....and a reciprocal event occurs...and the movement reverberates and grows.. as it did for a beleiver, a poet, the dir. Hillcoat or in this case Scott Bowles. Thanks Baal T'shuvah for this update...the hope grows...and the tension as well, embraced.