FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE REVIEW: Last night, I saw “Road to Perdition,” which stars Tom Hanks (Toy Story, Forrest Gump), Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf [TV series], Everybody Wants Some!!), Paul Newman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cars), Daniel Craig (Spectre, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight, The Machinist), Liam Aiken (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Stepmom), Jude Law (Black Sea, Enemy at the Gates), and Stanley Tucci (The Terminal, Transformers: Age of Extinction). It is directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road), while the screenplay was written by David Self (The Wolfman, Thirteen Days). Based on a graphic novel, this film follows Michael Sullivan Jr. (Hoechlin) as him and his father (Hanks) are sent on a path of revenge after their entanglement in the mafia leads to the death of their family.
Will the sins of the father forever take hold of the son? That’s what’s in question in Sam Mendes’ powerhouse feature, “The Road to Perdition.” Filled with a talented cast and displayed in such a beautiful atmosphere and cinematography, “Perdition” boasts the thrills, drama, and grit that any lover of film would grow attached to. Before seeing this, I never watched a trailer. Heck, I thought it was a Spielberg flick going off the posters. What I soon realized when the film started playing was that I was in for a story of woes and revenge; one that would put me on edge and maybe even impact me. Of course, there were a few flaws, but all in all I can safely say that this was a fantastic movie. For starters, the performances were amazing. Tom Hanks throws his Hanks-iness into the ring once more and pulls off a great character. Daniel Craig did a wonderful job portraying that one guy you always hate, and with his father being played by Paul Newman, what’s not to enjoy? Also, Jude Law was in this, and I think his role provided the most cynical, twisted moments of the story. However, the real star of the picture has to be the young Tyler Hoechlin, who did a great job for a kid in the big leagues. These actors brought the story to amazing heights, and embodied the roles in such a way that it was hard to not be engaged in what they were saying. The world they live in is also a huge drawl, especially for me. Being set in the 1930s, this movie boasted the stylistic clothing, vehicles, and lifestyles that any person living in that time would lead. I loved it, and the cinematography did wonders in bringing about the atmosphere. Conrad Hall, who was the cinematographer, pulled in many awards for his job on the film, and for plenty of reasons. My favorite scene in particular was the conclusion at the beachside house. The sleek white interior of the house was absolutely beautiful, and what came of that scene was a sharp contrast; it was haunting and cinematically terrific. Quite a few scenes created that same feel, but more so after the first act than anything. When it comes to the story, I’d say that it got better as it went along. We open to a mafia-type world where you have to discover certain things about the characters in order to fully dive into the meat of the story. Admittedly, the first act was slow. Not necessarily in pacing, but in writing overall. I liked the mystery behind things, but there seemed to be a lacking of interesting narrative to really push me along the road. That is, until the conflict arises. When Daniel Craig’s character stupidly takes matters into his own hands, things turn for the better. It became riveting, alarming, and intense. The development shared in the chemistry between Hanks and Hoechlin was the highlight, and how they had to be constantly looking behind their shoulders made for a fun experience. Besides that first act, there isn’t much to ripe on. Everything was solid from performances to the wonderful score, composed by Thomas Newman. It’s certainly not for everyone, especially since the ending can be taken in badly, but for film majors and enthusiasts alike, I can say that you guys will be in for a treat! FINAL SCORE: 93%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer: