Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Overlooked Movies -- A Perfect World

I'd intended to talk about this movie last week, but I overlooked it. So we can say for sure that it's an overlooked movie.

A Perfect World was directed by Clint Eastwood, who plays a supporting role. The star is Kevin Costner, and if you don't think he can act, watch this movie. The setting is Texas in the 1960s, and Costner plays Butch Haynes, a killer who escapes from prison. He kidnaps a young boy who goes along with him. Eastwood is the Texas Ranger who's in their trail, along with a criminologist played by Laura Dern.

The main focus of the movie is the relationship that develops between Costner and the boy. Haynes may be a killer, but Costner shows that he's a complex one. His own background gives him a special feeling for kids, and he's quite engaging as he and the boy elude their pursuers.

You know how this one's going to end, maybe, but the road trip is well worth your time.

And so is the soundtrack. I can think of maybe four movies I've seen, after which I went immediately to a store about bought the soundtrack CD. This is one of them.

8 comments:

Rick Ollerman said...

Excellent, excellent movie. I always wondered why it didn't seem to score big.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I really, really liked this movie and what a shame Kevin Costner seems to have disappeared.

Todd Mason said...

Yet another film I keep coming across an hour into it. Keep meaning to see it...

Anonymous said...

I don't remember the soundtrack at this late date but I do remember the movie (is this Kevin Costner month on the blog?) and I really did like it.

Jeff

Bill Crider said...

The soundtrack CD just has ten or twelve good old songs, the kind I like.

Gerard said...

A good flick indeed. I saw an afternoon matinee in Arlington, TX. I lucked across the soundtrack in a cut-out bin and have enjoyed it since. My thanks to Eastwood because the soundtrack was my introduction to Sam Wills.

Anonymous said...

This might be my favourite of all of Eastwood's films as a director. It is steady and strong. A gem of a film.

david

Juri said...

I found this overtly too long. Nothing much happening for the last fourty minutes or so.