Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Straight Story (1999)

Buena Vista Pictures
Directed by David Lynch
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Walt Disney)

Upon learning of the stroke of his estranged brother, an elderly Iowa man, who can't drive because of failing eyesight and is very poor, decides to ride a lawnmower to Wisconsin to see him. He overcomes various obstacles along the way, mechanical failures, weather, and meets the locals who are mostly friendly and supportive if a bit in disbelief of his endeavor. He finds plenty of time to give advice to willing listeners. Exactly what you would imagine if David Lynch made a film for Walt Disney: safe, folksy and a bit contrived, even though it is based on a true story.

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