I watched this movie today in a blizzard mainly because it was a
classic novel and because James Franco was in it. I never read it so I
had no idea what I was in for. Right from the beginning I had a feeling
of doom looming over this family. While I will admit it was very
confusing there was an undercurrent that consistently led me to believe
something terrible was about to happen. The score of the film took one
even deeper into this morose feeling. When it was over I actually felt
ill and had a raging headache. Now I must read this novel. I feel this
alone makes this film earn a ten star rating.
I feel Mr Franco was successful in allowing you to peer into the subconscious of the characters and let your mind fill in the fine details. I suppose this is the way it was written. This film took me someplace I did not want to be but I could not turn away. I found it fascinating and am looking forward to reading the book.