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Totally Duvalled

2010-01-13

Last night I went and saw The Road. This is a movie starring Viggo Mortensen and a kid named Kodi McPhee who'll be working as long as he ever wants to work after this movie.

It was great. Not just 'really good,' but genuinely great. It was literature on screen. Every piece was layer upon layer of meaning combined with beautiful cinematography and killer performances. It's currently standing at about a 75% on Rotten Tomatoes, and that's not too bad in this day and age. Particularly because this movie is not for everyone, It's bleak and difficult and tough.

And then there was Robert Duvall.

He plays 'The Old Man' in a performance so good and so visceral you can't take your eyes off of him for a minute. It's not just 'Duvall being Duvall' (which is great in and of itself.) but it's a fully realized and deeply haunting take on a character who, in lesser hands, could just be another stop along the road. He wasn't on screen for very long, but his impact was lasting and stunning.

And have you noticed that no one's talking about it?

All of the crazy Golden Globe buzz and talk of movies that are aiming to be 'Oscar Bait' and somehow no one is talking about this movie. Even if the movie is too 'tough' for consideration, at least the actors deserve a nod for their excellent work. And even then, if it just so happens that Viggo wasn't one of the top 5 performances of the year, someone, someone needs to get up there with a big envelope and give credit where credit is due. 

In a movie full of fantastic work with a script that made me actually take notice and love the language of the piece, Robert Duvall was the final kicker. Someone shake that guy's hand and thank him.