Thanks to the movie, Road To Perdition, Paul
Newman, Tom Hanks, Jude Law and everyone involved in this movie,
anyone who chooses to watch Hollywood's artistic best at work can
appreciate the high level of artistic expression in this movie.
The gun/blood scenes were plenty and it
would have been preferred not to see them, but in this movie, they were
necessary. Also, because the gun/blood scenes were artistically
portrayed, they could be "accepted." The scene where
Jude Law actually kills the man he is about to photograph is
understandably needed to show Law's character, that in some way, he is
worse than Hanks' character. Still, it is one of those scenes
that's hard to watch.
Overall, the actors were
Newman, in his elderly years, does not have his
good looks to get in the way of his work. Although for his age he
is still very attractive. He really shines in this movie.
When he tells Hanks, "I'm glad it's you," right before Hanks
kills him, it summarizes all the complicated relationships of the
Tom Hanks is his classic, great
self. His stardom and Hollywood-dom does not interfere with his
character. Applause to him for not spoiling the movie with the
baggage of his successful career. His cold-blooded scenes are
Jude Law is believable and is
completely unlike his good-looking-good-guy role in Enemy At The Gates.
The director clearly took time to pick
beautiful shots and camera angles. For example, when the son is
witnessing his father's work through a peep hole. Another example
is the sunlight shining on the floor on the left side of the screen and
on the right side of the screen is the son sitting on the bed in a room
waiting for his father.
There is the window shot at the end
where Tom Hanks watches the lake and the water is reflected on the
window. This is just too eerily peaceful. The director has
effectively hinted to the audience the inevitable.
Throughout the doomed endings of the
main characters, Michael rises above it all in the end. This happy
ending is a must after all that bloodshed.
If you leave this movie feeling like
you've just been entertained at a high level, and it leaves you feeling
tired that the only thing you want to do is head straight home and
ignore all the ten million errands afterwards that you had planned to
do, then this movie truly affected you.
Because there will be no Russell Crowe
films coming out any time soon, thanks to Road To Perdition for stopping the drought.
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