Netflix and Will: Prince Avalanche

Netflix and Will: Prince Avalanche

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A conversation goes a long way. A lot of movies these days center around a dramatic event or focus on one person’s development as they deal with life's conflicts. However, many movies that focus on the use of conservation tend to reach new boundaries. This week’s movie specifically uses conversation and music to tell a story about two road workers living together in the wilderness as they repaint the dotted yellow lines on the forest roads.

“Prince Avalanche,” starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, takes place in the summer of 1988 in Texas, where a forest fire has raged through an area of land that has left the area deserted. As seeing the film, people have evacuated homes and a lot of places have simply burned to the ground, leaving the affected area a wasteland.

The two protagonists, portrayed by Rudd and Hirsch, are two unlikely colleagues. One is middle-aged and the other is somewhat youthful, and they tend to butt heads with their personalities. Ironically, Hirsch plays the brother of Rudd’s girlfriend, and that lends itself to comedy and drama as the movie keeps its pace.

An out-of-nowhere plot in a nowhere-setting makes “Prince Avalanche” an escape movie. Both main characters are removed from their typical lives and awake from the city. While Rudd’s character seeks escape, Hirsch’s character sees it more as a prison.

“Mostly a two-hander, 'Avalanche' moves quietly, at its own subtle pace," according to IndieWire. "Rudd and Hirsch have chemistry to spare and the film chronicles these men as they argue, fight and swap stories about their estranged lady friend relationships, and though they butt heads often, over time they begin to bond and understand each other on a deeper level.”

This movie is a must-watch for those who need to put away the finals notes and notecards to just kick back and unplug your brain for a while. Try to get to know these characters and connect with what is happening in their worlds. Whether you connect with the escapist in Rudd’s character, or the young person who yearns to just keep moving in Hirsch’s character, you will be glad you tuned in.

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