The Open Road Blu-ray Review
“The Open Road” is a well acted, but slow moving dramedy.
The plot: After his sick mother requests to see her husband before a major surgery, a struggling baseball player/wannabe writer (Carlton) must track down his ex-professional baseball player father (Kyle Garrett) whom he doesn’t know very well. Carlton and his ex-girlfriend Lucy travel to Ohio to a baseball convention where they eventually track down Kyle. After a quick talk, Kyle agrees to go back to Texas with them. What should have been a quick plane ride home, however, turns into a nightmareish road trip home when Kyle misplaces his wallet. Throughout the trip, the two become reacquainted with each other for better and for worse. Will Kyle and Carlton get closer or drift apart?
“The Open Road” is a movie that could have been better than it is. With memorable characters, charming one-liners, winning performances by Jeff Bridges and Kate Mara, and even a decent (albeit bland) performance by Justin Timberlake, the movie has a lot going for it. Unfortunately, the script is far from a home run. The slow pacing really puts a damper on the movie overall and it doesn’t help that the dysfunctional family story is hardly revolutionary. The script really needed a fresh perspective that would have made it more original and less clichéd.
Summary: “The Open Road” isn’t a great film by any means, but it’s worth seeing thanks to the Dude.
PICTURE AND SOUND:
The 2.35:1 widescreen picture is pleasing on the eyes. From the shots of the baseball stadium to the country roads, the picture is crystal clear.
The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track is a little on the flat side, but the dialogue and music are clear enough.
* “The Open Road” theatrical trailer and other Anchor Bay trailers.
* “Behind The Scenes Of The Open Road” (6:45) includes interviews with the cast and crew, set footage, discussions about the script and its themes, etc.
* A rather dull commentary by Jeff Bridges and writer/director Michael Meredith. The two talk about everything from staying at Ted Danson’s home to rehearse and set stories to the music and the characters.
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