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.