Friday, 22 August 2014

FILMS FROM COMICS - Road to Perdition

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Road to Perdition is the story of mob killer Michael Sullivan and his son (Michael Jnr) on the run after the murder of Michael's wife and other son by his own boss's son.

Hi-jinx ensure as Hope and Crosby head to the town of Perdition... no, wait, that's not right...

Some of the worst excesses of the graphic novel are gone.  The first person narrative of the son that the comic struggles with is missing except at the very beginning and the very end, and the action-hero antics of Michael are gone, with the kills being simpler and seemingly more realistic.  However, that to some degree pulls the heart from the film, becoming less about the son's memories of his father and a more generic story.  The casting of Tom Hanks as Michael and the film's shying away from most of the violence that Michael commits also weakens the character - never letting you feel that he could be a killer (even though you are aware he is killing) removing the emotional journey that the reader of the comic shares with the son.
Hanks himself summed it up in the documentary The Celluloid Closet when he said of himself:  "There is this constant desire on the part of the studios to make characters likeable.  My screen personae is pretty much non-threatening.  I have never been one to strike fear into anyone's heart when I enter the room or... first appear on screen."

~ DUG.
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