7 October 2008 | Big-Dave74
A refreshingly gentle 'old school' movie
I only checked this out because Henry Rollins has a lead role in it, and to be truthful, I didn't expect too much from plot other than a typical 'cons turn on each other for a violent climactic battle' kind of a deal. How wrong I was. The whole film plays out with a gentle whimsy evocative of the Waltons, or the great TV serialisation of The adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. They make good use of the 'deep south' setting, with no need for making out that the inhabitants are inbred cannibals or sodomites, the music score is perfect, and the performances across the board are solid. The story loses momentum around 2/3rds of the movie, but is replaced by a rather nicely done bitter/sweet ending.
Its never going to be considered a classic, cult or otherwise, but if you liked 'Crossroads' or the above TV shows I mentioned, or just want a well put together, unpretentious, engaging film, then you could do far, far worse.