Nathaniel himself said it best when he described the film as being “best shot-y” and good lord is it ever. Not that this makes it a poor film, because even as I don’t love the film wholeheartedly it certainly is a good film – and it is so “best shot-y”, I’ve got lots of, err, shots to talk about.
(Random aside: I saw it three weeks ago – after a few years –before realising it was a future entry in the best-shot annals, I had my firm issues with its purposefulness, then. I rewatched it again on Tuesday last and still discerned the same purposefulness but liked it more. Does it all mean I’m a fickle movie-watcher?)
Part gangster-drama, part (maybe infinitesimally, but still a part) bildungsroman, part parent-child drama – the emotion crux of the film is, doubtlessly, meant to be the relationship between Michael Sullivan Sr. and his son Michael Sullivan Jr. I’m generally cool on Hanks as an actor, even in especially in his Oscar winning turns but even as he’s playing against-type as the especially taciturn Sullivan, here, I’m much more moved by the machinations of his Michael and the characterisation of said character than I am, usually.
One of my considerations for best shot was this one below, somewhere in middle of second act.
So much of the cinematography in the film seems as if it’s asking you to love it, but I wouldn’t be contrarian just for contrarian just for contrarian’s sake – it’s beautiful to watch. Take for example this gorgeous shot (which wins laurels for being my favourite pretty shot).
Go below the jump to see my two favourite shots, and an extra one just for fun...
Which leads me to my two favourite shots. What permeates throughout the entire of Road to Perdition is the way that the entire film is permeated with violence. The adage goes, “Violence begets violence.” And it’s that same violent nucleus with holds all the strands of the film together. The closing rainy shootout is the true climax, but it’s the exchange of bullets in the hotel which I remember foremost and this particular image always sticks with me.
|MY BEST SHOT|
(And, I just have to include this shot below - consider it my favourite tongue-in-cheek shot, although I don't know if it's inadvertent.)
Nathaniel shall post the complete list of posts later tonight. What do you think of Road to Perdition.