based on book by Cormac McCarthy
Grey is the first word I think of when I think about this film. Grey and bleak. That is to be expected; this film is set after the apocalypse. A time when the world has turned to ash, and there is nothing living, nothing except people, people trying to survive when there are no crops and no animals left to eat. Some scavenge what they can from the remnants of society. Others turn to cannibalism.
But although that is the setting of this film it isn’t really what it is about. Because at the heart of this film is the relationship between the man and the boy; between father and son. And that makes this film almost beautiful despite the horrors on screen.
I don’t remember being blown away by the McCarthy novel I thought it a good solid read, but nothing too spectacular. The film, for some reason, just worked better for me. I am however tempted to reread the book, just to see.
But I can’t really get across my true feelings about this film without spoilers, so sorry, but if you haven’t seen it and don’t want to know certain plot points this is where you stop reading.