*Watch the trailer here.
“The Road” opens tomorrow, and if I can convince my in-laws to babysit, (which shouldn’t be too hard) maybe my husband and I can sneak out to see it during the Thanksgiving hiatus. The movie is based on Cormac McCarthy’s book by the same name. It’s a post-apocalyptic tale of a father and son trying to get to the coast and survive by any means possible.
If you’ve read McCarthy, you already know most of his novels are not exactly feel-good stories. His last book to be made into a movie was “No Country For Old Men,” released in 2007, and supposedly, the script follows the book almost exactly.
My husband and I both read “The Road,” and although it is upsetting and sometimes disturbing, it generated interesting conversations and prompted us to think, “what would we do?” On the other hand, I have a friend who, after reading it, said it made her want to slit her wrists. It’s that dreadful at times.
I read it rather quickly because I wanted to find out how it ended, and I was ready to be rid of the knot in my stomach that seemed to arise every time I picked up the book. I think the movie may evoke the same feelings, but from the preview, I think they significantly Hollywood-ized it. McCarthy is a sparse writer – few words, big impact.
McCarthy gave his first television interview with Oprah a couple of years ago. If you go here, you can see the interview in a series of separate videos. He explains how he got the idea for the story, among other things, which I found really interesting … because I’m a nerd like that.