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The Straight Story (1999) Movie Reviews

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11/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Straight Story review

A story of Alvin Straight who sacrifices his time and money to visit an ailing brother. Personally, this rater can relate to the experience of Alvin, who had a falling out with a brother. Breathtaking cinematography, endearing score, skillful direction and a sincere/touching performance from Richard Farnsworth. Alvin (Richard Farnsworth) is a World War II veteran who would like to see his brother in Wisconsin. He will travel alone on a Lawn tractor with food and a travel trailer. Splendid screenplay with lines from Alvin - "...still at my age I've seen about all that life has to dish out. I know to separate the wheat from the chaff, and let the small stuff fall away." and " My brother and I said some unforgivable things the last time we met, but, I'm trying to put that behind me... a...

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01/29/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Straight Story" by Yojimbo

David Lynch directs the true story of Alvin Straight, a man too elderly and infirm to drive who rode his sit on lawnmower across hundreds of miles to visit his estranged brother after a stroke. I must admit that this type of "inspirational" true life human drama is the kind of thing that I find about as appealing as a strangulated hernia, and if Lynch had not been directing I would have given it a wide berth. I'm glad i didn't. It's the moving tale of a man coming to terms with old age and his own mortality and allowing the things he has come to realise are unimportant to just slip away from his life. It's full of rich, beautiful imagery, accompanied by a haunting and understated soundtrack and Richard Farnsworth is superb as Straight, a man not shown as some all knowing lifestyle guru; j...

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