The Long Dumb Road (2018)
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A very well scripted, acted, and photographed film of a road trip story! My only grip with story is the nominal ending of the flick.
In this case, the secret weapon is Jason Mantzoukas (The Good Place, Dirty Grandpa), the current go-to actor for nutty but endearing characters. The Long Dumb Road is a showcase for Mantzoukas, who moves into a lead role after stealing scenes as a supporting actor in earlier films and television shows.
Mantzoukas' straight man is 21-year-old Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel). He plays Nat, who is leaving the family nest and driving from Texas to Los Angeles to begin art school.
Engine trouble brings Nat together with Mantzoukas' Richard, an itinerant mechanic in his 30s who has simply bounced around since he was Nat's age. After Richard gets Nat's minivan running again, the kid agrees to him a lift to a nearby town.
Circumstances conspire to extend their trip together to Las Cruces, New Mexico, and then north to Albuquerque. Along the way, Richard's antics yank Nat out of his comfort zone, effectively demonstrating the things he can and can't control and forcing him to overcome unexpected challenges.
The two men are bookends for young adulthood. Nat has a plan he thinks he can follow. Like many of us of a certain age, Richard looks into the mirror and wonders: What the hell happened?
A number familiar faces pop up during the trip: Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) as Richard's old flame from high school, Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot) and Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story, The Bling Ring) as sisters the guys pick up in a bar, Pamela Reed (Parks and Recreation) as a good Samaritan and Ron Livingston (Office Space) as Richards's frenemy Francois.
Without giving away the ending, suffice it to say that it's not the type of conclusion one usually sees in this sort of movie. Credit writer/director Hannah Fidell and cowriter Carson Mell (Silicon Valley) for finding that fresh take on a tired genre.
Expect very raw language throughout with numerous sexual references and situations. There are a number of known screen names in the movie but they can only do so much, as the film just never seemed to get its act together.
The movie itself was good ,, was properly written, the script looked well done and the plot even though lacks a bit of genuinity, yet it showed dependency and the flawless, quick and easily followable scenario.
The cast, Jason Mantzoukas did really amazing ,, Tony Revolori (the boy from The Grand Budapest Hotel :D) was coo too.
The movie might not be a top boxoffice ranked but it was really good and with a bit of marketing it might do well for the rest of the year ... So recommended .
The only thing that saves this from a nice one star is that it actually have actors that CAN act, even if they get poor directions. But even the acting is not good enough to give it more than 2 thumbs up, sorry folks.
Ending could have been a bit better then I would have rated it higher but still a solid
What begins as a chance meeting quickly turns into a life initiation for the young Nat on his way to college. The odd worldly Richard seems to be just what the young Nat needed to shed the luke-warm sense of security of his comfort zone.
Fantastic acting by Mantzoukas which is given more room than usual to play and creates a truly memorable character. Loved his nuggets of wisdom, especially the ones followed by complete erratic acts. Great supporting cast made up of some other familiar faces. Enjoyed the music, too.
It is a light hearted comedy, as events portrayed are a little exaggerated. It is still an enjoyable comedy, especially because of the number of recognisable faces.
It was the long, dumb movie. What a shame.
The second thing that bothered me and thought it was the stupidity of the screenplay writer and the production team, including the director, who were so out of touch. Did they know that people now are using digital cameras and SD card to shoot pictures? Making the young man from Texas still used the film camera was a big joke since developing photo films are even more expensive than using a digital camera with a laptop and a laser printer. You might even not be able to find a store where still sell films for such cameras. And in the end of this movie, we saw the young man from Texas was developing the films he shot from his road trip? So not only he got to pay for the rent, he got to have another space for his dark room to develop his photos.
This is not a realistic movie and by the way, since shooting movies with celluloid films instead with the digital cameras now are so expensive, we better not to call movies as "Films", because nowadays, movies made in celluloid films are not just rare but more expensive, we should just call motion pictures as "Movies"; because they got nothing to do with "film" anymore.