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A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT (1992)
Director Robert Redford's "A River Runs Through It" is a quietly powerful family drama.
"All things in life come together as one, and
a river runs through it. And that river haunts me."
The film's narration is taken care of by Redford himself,
who does a great job here too, setting the emotional tone by his moving,
beautiful use of words.
Through the point of view of the oldest son, Norman, the steady one, the film covers the time period from when the boys were young, until one of them is an old man, with everyone else had died. Robert Redford offers an emotional tone to this film, with his moving narration.
In the course of the film, various themes are examined including brothers, fathers, love, fate, and fly fishing. Despite the presence of Skerritt's minister character, this movie rarely preaches, yet makes its points just the same.
Some critics complain about the slower pace of the film, but the pacing is perfect for the type of film this was meant to be; a thought provoking work of art, that helps one seek inner peace as you dwell on the beauty of nature, living life moment by moment. It is "a fabulous story about life, and an even better celebration of nature."
Craig Sheffer does a fabulous job as Norman, the older brother who has both feet on the ground, and tries to get his younger brother back on the right track.
Brad Pitt does a great job, playing the wilder, rebellious younger son, Paul, who eventually gets himself into big trouble, with his drinking and gambling.
Tom Skerritt was terrific as Reverend Normal Maclean, treating the audience to a powerful performance, in a part he was born to play. A favorite quote: "Methodists are Baptists who can read. "
My favorite scenes are those involving the fly fishing.
Beautifully photographed in the rivers of Montana, the scenes present
fishing as a nearly holy activity, something seasoned fisherman have
been claiming for hundreds of years. The beautiful Cinematography
earned Philippe Rousselot a well deserved Oscar.
If you enjoyed A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, you may like ORDINARY PEOPLE, THE HORSE WHISPERER, LEGENDS OF THE FALL, and/or QUIZ SHOW.