Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Paul Rudd; Emile Hirsch
Plot: Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.
As a huge fan of ‘nothing happens in this’ movies and a general fan of Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch’s work in the past, the independent movie vibe of Prince Avalanche was enough to put the thousands of other Netflix options out of my mind for an afternoon’s watch of this 2013 movie.
I’m really glad that I did.
Coming from David Gordon Green – the man behind Pineapple Express, The Sitter and Your Highness – this picture was expectedly comical, though in a much darker and subtle sense than in his previous work. Largely, the comedy was provided by Emile Hirsch who threw out the more intelligent and serious personas pulled off in hisInto the Wild and Milk to truly embrace the subtle stupidity and immaturity of a character who was, in my opinion, nothing short of lovable. In contrast, Paul Rudd provided a much more serious character whose own story was the catalyst for changes in the mood of the film from the get-go.
It was, of course, a character piece. The focus on the brotherhood of two lonely workers who were otherwise isolated was a huge focus of the story and something that worked to truly centre the nature of the film in serious topics like friendship and maturity, helping to escape the typical attachment to comedy that it would have otherwise been stereotyped by.
My opinion is that this movie is something to enjoy on a quiet afternoon, or with friends during an evening in. You’ll laugh at this ultimately quirky and off-beat comedy but always feel connected to the story of each character.
If you’re looking for a feel good film about friendship then this is the film for you.