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Prince Avalanche Review

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Texas, 1988. Thoughtful but passive-aggressive Alvin (Rudd) and Lance (Hirsch), the dim but well-meaning brother of his girlfriend, set to work on a Sisyphean task of remarking roads scorched by a forest fire. The journey isn't smooth, though, as news comes from back east and frictions start to grow.

★★★★

David Gordon Green very nearly atones for Your Highness and The Sitter with this faithful remake of Iceland’s little-seen, ’80s-set existential comedy-drama Either Way. Rocking an early Movember ‘tache, Paul Rudd delivers his best performance to date as the volatile, self-deluded Alvin, while Emile Hirsch holds his own as the feckless Lance, for whom highway line-painting may be the only mark he ever makes. The transposition from volcanic Iceland to wildfire-damaged Texas works, and Green’s free-wheeling direction is beautifully complemented by Tim Orr’s cinematography and music by David Wingo and Explosions In The Sky.

Gordon Green follows up a pair of execrable comedies with a wise and witty slow-motion road trip that catches the sun.