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Prince Avalanche

by Kevin Taft
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Tuesday Nov 19, 2013
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David Gordon Green’s step back into the indie world is a welcome return to form. That said, this seemed to be a bit more aimless than previous films like "All the Real Girls" and "Undertow." Perhaps having been in the world of studio stoner comedies like "Pineapple Express" and "Your Highness" has altered his indie perception, but "Prince Avalanche" is a slice-of-life dramedy that would be okay in that arena if the characters actually spoke like real people.

The situations of the two men (Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch) who paint yellow lines down endless stretches of roadway are relatable enough, but they speak with such an affectation that it was almost like they were mocking their own characters. Neither felt totally real to me, although Rudd plays against type well once you get used to the fact that he’s not trying to be silly. (Let’s face it, he knows how to do "dry comedy" so when he plays it straight you sometimes aren’t sure if he is or not.) Gordon Green makes lovely small movies, and the Explosions in the Sky soundtrack is beautiful, but the meandering script and out-of-place "preternatural" ending just felt odd.

The Special Features are mildly interesting, but won’t make or break your necessity to purchase the title:

  • Commentary with David Gordon Green, Set Production Assistant Hugo Garza, and Talent Driver Paul Logan. Which is fairly odd considering that one basically handled craft services and the other drove Hirsch and Rudd around. There isn’t any huge insight into the film, but there are tidbits here and there that will satisfy fans of it.

  • Deleted Scene: Do the Dance: Lance practicing his moves.

  • Paul & Emile: A featurette on the development of their characters and relationship.

  • From the Ashes: Discussing the film and the influence of the 2011 Bastrop State Park wildfires that destroyed 1600 homes.

  • Lance Le Gault: A short featurette on the late actor who provides a memorable screen presence in the film.
    Interview with Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch: A 7-minute informal interview with the two leads.

  • Interview with Writer/Director David Gordon Green: A 5-minute interview with the director.

  • AXS TV: A Look at "Prince Avalanche": A short promo for the film.

  • Theatrical Trailer

    "Prince Avalanche"
    Blu-ray
    $29.98
    www.magpictures.com

  • Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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