To add to this distortion of time and space, scenes are executed as vignettes. Technicalities: All things considered, the technical aspects of the film are quite impressive. Without spoiling the character for those uninitiated, Lester Ballard is a thoroughly despicable and complex creation, a man who despite clearly not being of sane mind is also a man who knows better than the acts he commits. I've been to sell this of property. Me and was the ones who cut him down. Littered with existential imagery and dialogue, the film offers a respectful and honest rendering of the novel. We'll get this sale here in a minute, folks.
The cinematography of the rural Tennessee landscape is eerily beautiful, shot hand-held on a handful of Canon 5Ds. No number of scenes can embody the true insanity of Lester Ballard, we can only imagine what madness must be going on between the fades. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. The relevant vignettes are strung together by a consistently distressed brain. Despite him being a child of God, his behavior becomes increasingly erratic and violent.
Running time 104 minutes Country United States Language English Child of God is a 2013 American film co-written and directed by , and starring , based on the by. The acting is excellent all round, especially Mr. It also doesn't help that Franco's film has a cheap aesthetic to it, lacking any of the grim Gothic atmosphere of the book. Gonna have a for you. What I can talk about is his direction of this movie and, in my opinion, he did a great job with the material. He's not a character to like, and not just because of his horrid behavior but also of his appearance.
He conducted the role with a mediated honesty, constructing as realistic a character as possible and standing out within the frame, even with minimal screen time. In January 2012, it was announced that had signed on to play Lester Ballard, the film's protagonist. He is known for his collaborations with fellow actor Seth Rogen, having appeared in eight films and one television series with him. He and watched, never said nothing. Franco harbors a good feel for not only Lester Ballard the creation but also his world, the feel of the lonely mountains and the people that inhabit them is captured to great effect and visions so vividly written in the book are bought to life here in many respects. Ballard is not your typical protagonist, and yet the way Cormac McCarthy approached him, he was made both revolting and at the same time strangely empathetic, as he managed to submerge the reader into Ballard's festering brain.
Definitely skip this one and see something else. Scott Haze in the lead was good with what he had to work with, albeit not much. It's my biggest issue with Franco as a director: he has no real concept of effective mise-en-scene, instead opting to point the camera and let things play, cutting an odd times that feel far too arrhythmic to be deliberate. When word broke out that James Franco, wannabe wunderkind who has taken to adapting classic American literature to the big screen to, well, mixed results, would be adapting my favorite author's work, I prickled with righteous indignation. We're sell this here a while.
As despicable and vile as his behavior is, there is buried within him a human quality. He's not a character to like, and not just because of his horrid behavior but also of his appearance. Haze is the focus point of the picture with only small appearances by Tim Blake Nelson and Franco himself it's clear that this film is built by Haze but there is only so far his performance can carry a picture that in the end is dealing with material mighty hard to not only relate to but to tolerate and it's a commendable feat to the filmmakers that you won't be reaching for the off switch a mere 30 minutes in for make no doubt about it there are mightily tough and mature themes the film deals with. They say he was right after his hisself. I don't give a good goddamn if I been up or not. There didn't really seem to be any real story behind it. The original music, although not particularly memorable, suits the setting well.
The novel is just like its protagonist, Lester Ballard, a loner who skulks about the Tennessee backwoods like a dog suffering the early onset of rabies, indulging in varying degrees of vicious activities, from assault to necrophilia to, eventually, murder. After mild harassment from the Sheriff that he probably had dozens of times, he turns into a serial killer. And in this film, Ballard is played not by Franco, but by his buddy and frequent collaborator Scott Haze. The direction is fairly solid, the use of long takes and natural action is apparent, making everything on-screen seem genuine. Mostly true to the Cormac McCarthy novel on which it was based, the film follows the cloistered and violent existence of Lester Ballard Scott Haze who lives isolated in the woods of Tennessee committing crimes of the most grotesque caliber. The sheriff knows that he is up to something and tries to catch him. For his role in 127 Hours 2010 , he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
But Franco casting himself in a bit part near the end was ridiculous and distracting. Franco it would seem, personally I don't get it but that's their business I reckon. Yeah, doc, the way we're sell it, we're it up into parcels, and then we're lump it all together. He just wants what all humans desire to be accepted and loved. They lock you up and put you in that room. Damned if I didn't even know them.
The film sticks very closely to the book, with only 2 scenes expanded from the original text. I have no idea why he is listed as a star of the movie. Got poor, old here, we're get him some help. It's not a film to like, but to admire for its artistic achievements. Overall, like I said , a very dark film with very strong subject matter, but it's well done. And here he is, adapting the work of the master: Cormac McCarthy. He also portrayed the title character in the television biographical film James Dean 2001 , for which he won a Golden Globe Award.
Severely mentally ill man in the 1960s forced to live in the forest in the mid-west really thought it looked like the '30s. Funded out of James Franco's own pocket, the movie looks and sounds great considering its modest budget. Even though McCarthy's prose is magic, Franco should've known as the Coen Brothers and John Hillcoat knew before him that McCarthy's words can be translated visually to bring the same harrowing, to-the-bone effect. This isn't to say that Franco doesn't hew close to the novel; if anything, he is a little too faithful, even relying on having blocks of text from the novel playing out on the screen. Some screenshots may be considered to be spoilers. Franco who has long held affiliation with a desire to transform McCarthy's more insane and often controversial works to screen here goes for much of the same aesthetic he created in his last directional outing As I Lay Dying, a low budget yet gritty feel that uses it's natural surrounds to good effect and gives off the illusion of a bigger project.