THE long-awaited and controversial movie adaptation of James Duncan’s cult book “The River Why” has been getting some decidedly mixed reviews from film critics after showings at film festivals.
One did admit to wanting to go fly fishing after watching the film, and delighted in the Oregonian river scenery others have focussed on the scenery provided by co-star Amber Heard. But for a fly fishing perspective read Drake Magazine publisher Tom Bie’s review here .
According to Oregonian writer Shawn Levy the movie failed to capture the magic of the book . The Dallas arts magazine FrontRow writer Peter Simek suggests the protagonist Gus “Orviston’s brooding is the worst adolescent think-speak since Sean Penn’s adaptation of ‘Into The Wild.'” (both link via Midcurrent.com)
The River Why plays with what could be an effective metaphor – fishing as a discipline that tethers and balances man with nature, and the fishing scenes do make you want get out and into the river. But the surrounding story just leaves you wondering why oh why oh why.
For an article on the battles during the making of the film click to our earlier article here