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Originally posted by silent thunder
The book is absolutely brilliant and one of the best-written works that I've ever come across. I have read it five times in the past 2 years or so and know many passages almost by heart.
I cannot see how it would make a good movie, however. Movies are by their nature plot-driven. The brilliance of The Road does not lie in its plot -- the plot is simple, almost non-existent in a sense. The excellence of the book is in its peculiar, verging-on-genius-level use of language and its evocation of a ruined, desolate world. The book also feastures the inner life and ruminations of the father as he travels along the road: his memories, his impressions, fears, concerns about the boy and the future, and so on. All of this takes place silently and I cannot see how it would translate well to the silver screen at all.
Thus, despite my great and abiding respect for McCarthy's book, I very much fear the movie will be terrible: a dull, plodding sepia-toned piece of visually oriented gartbage that over-emphasizes the few scenes of actual action in the story and downplays the subtlties that make the book such a masterpiece (well-deserving of the Pulitzer prize that it received).