“THE ROAD is no tease”

I bought a copy of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road for Christmas in 2007 using a Barnes & Noble gift card that had been given to me by someone who absolutely raved about the bleak, post-apocalyptic novel. And, while I didn’t love the novel as much as he did, it really grabbed me. So, as is the case with most film adaptations, I sit here confused about how to feel about John Hillcoat’s movie version, which is due out in October. But the trailer I’ve embedded above—minus the clichéd opening, which I’ve read is not part of the movie—and this Esquire review by Tom Chiarella have me thinking that this could be good.

Here’s an excerpt from Chiarella’s piece:

The Road is no tease. It is a brilliantly directed adaptation of a beloved novel, a delicate and anachronistically loving look at the immodest and brutish end of us all. You want them to get there, you want them to get there, you want them to get there — and yet you do not want it, any of it, to end.

You should see it for the simplest of reasons: Because it is a good story. Not because it may be important. Not because it is unforgettable, unyielding. Not because it horrifies. Not because the score is creepily spiritual. Not because it is littered with small lines of dialogue you will remember later. Not because it contains warnings against our own demise. All of that is so. Don’t see it just because you loved the book. The movie stands alone. Go see it because it’s two small people set against the ugly backdrop of the world undone. A story without guarantees. In every moment — even the last one — you’ll want to know what happens next, even if you can hardly stand to look. Because The Road is a story about the persistence of love between a father and a son, and in that way it’s more like a remake of The Godfather than some echo of I Am Legend.

Only this one is different: You won’t want to see this one twice.

Will you see it? Have you read the book? What do you think?