Around the Bend
Christ almighty! What is wrong with the men in this family? My wayward son, Turner (Christopher Walken), in on the run from the authorities! My lovely grandson, Jason (Josh Lucas), is pissed off because his Dad has popped up out of the blue. And me -- Turner's Dad / Jason's Granddad -- Henry Lair (Michael Caine) -- suddenly dies of a heart attack.
Hey! Don't you fret though, folks. My kin can't get rid of me that easily. Just before I kick the bucket, Jason's son, Zach (Jonah Bobo), helps me organize a plan of sorts. A plan involving Turner, Jason, and Zach, having to drive around
and dispose of my ashes at location's that meant a lot to me when I was alive.
Furthermore, if they don't comply with my wishes, Turner receives the contents
of my will. Where as if they do comply with my wishes, Zack gets it.
Now doesn't that sound like a great plan to you, pal? Yeah? Same here. I just hope that Turner, Jason, and Zach, can all get to know each other anew during their travels. Not getting into any mischief between pit-stops.
Oh well, whatever the case may be, that's most probably why what next transpires all kicks off when the police come looking for Turner. As KFC shows the way - it's difficult to keep an illness at bay - familiar revelations come on the never-never - plus please remember, a family is only a family if they all stick together.
OK. I know that this may sound somewhat strange. But when I finally sat down and watched 'Around the Bend', it reminded me of a menopausal woman eating a hamburger.
What I actually mean by this statement, folks, is that the outer crust of this movie is very emotionally challenged -- like a menopausal woman for instance -- yet it has all the ingredients needed to comprise a fairly decent package -- like a hamburger.
To start of with, you have the burger in itself: which I would say are the actors involved, all of them, with their wholesome meaty goodness. Then you'd have the bun that houses the burger: on this case, the soft and bouncy style this flick adder's to. Plus finally you have all of that additional paraphernalia that accompanies this 'meal'.
Granted, some of which I did like -- like the lettuce of course -- or the way you could see the development of the characters throughout this story. Whilst some of which I wasn't too keen on -- like the gherkin -- or how it wasn't quite apparent that Josh's character had an impairment, until that part of the movie was eventually explained.
Overall 'Around the Bend' was a fairly decent flick. All the actors in it were great -- especially Michael and Christopher, who just gave it that extra bit of razzmatazz. The conceptual premise worked very well within the confines of it 'road movie' structure -- as I did like the free flowing pace to this piece, that was very fresh and clean. And I have to say that the sentimentality behind this film really did drive home its 'familiar message' big time, and in someway made me think about the relationships I myself have with my own kin.
Great movie. Nuff said. Now where's a menu? I'm hungry. Ha!
THE RATING: B