Sunday, February 6, 2011
Written by Robert Getchby, Woody Guthrie
Directed by Hal Ashby
Starring David Carradine, Ronny Cox (a distant second), Randy Quaid (a DISTANT third)
A biopic of the early life of Woody Guthrie, from before the first time he ditches his wife until shortly after the second time he ditches his wife.
booooring. i guess carradine did a good job sounding like woody guthrie, but eh. i could have done something more exciting for two and a half hours. he did good things. he did cruddy things. he rose up during the dust bowl and encouraged the migrant people to unionize. there. now you don't have to watch it. your welcome.
I put this on the queue. I have no idea why; and I guess that's one of the problems with the length of the queue. C'est la vie, I suppose.
This movie was extremely long. It covered some number of years of this guy's life, beginning as a sign painter in a small town in Texas (?)[ the woman says: "oklahoma!"] through some of his life in LA before he went back on the road. It was well over two hours long and you felt every minute of it, mostly because the dude's life really wasn't that interesting. It was directed well and acted well and--with the exception of some music cues which were supposed to inspire sympathy while dickish behavior was on the screen--produced well.
But either this guy was really pretty boring, or it wasn't written very well. The only thing I might want to hear about would be the inspiration of some of his hits; but outside of a misguided effort to unionize people (Seriously, if there's not enough work union workers go on furlough. What's the difference between that and the situation we see on screen?) we got almost none of that. He was a dick, but that's not particularly exciting in itself. He was selfish and immature and prideful while the movie wanted us to think he was peaceful and humanistic, but he was a creative genius or somesuch nonsense which did not make it to the screen.