Critic John Tower starts out talking about America’s love of a good road-trip story, and this was a good road-trip movie about a man who asks a stranger to use his phone and takes him on a road trip to–
Before I would drive into a tree in the wake of my rage, I turned the radio off. I would not be taken down by spoilers. I wanted to see this movie.
So when a friend came over tonight and suggested that we watch it, I found it on Amazon, turned down the lights and watched it. At first, I did the haughty yawn–I’ve seen this before, I thought: the old corruption tale (and don’t we American’s love a corruption tale as much as those Italians), but I stuck with it. I’m glad I did. Sure it was an old saw–but it was much more. An homage to Hitchcock, it kept me thinking, mostly about the fable aspect.
After it ended, I promptly went online and re-visited the review, this time reading the transcript. Powers had a different perspective–from that of the setting: the swinging 1960’s Italy that left the staid ’50’s behind. I even posted a comment. (Oh please Mr. Powers, take a look and invite me to co-host a show about movies…write a column…or ghost write your blog….)