Off-topic movie review: Lawless

Here’s some notes from a recent viewing of the movie Lawless:

  • Watching Tom Hardy’s portrayal of Forrest Bondurant in the movie Lawless is like watching an unmasked Bane channeling a grumpy Tommy Lee Jones.
  • One of the best parts of the movie is seeing Shia LeBouf get the crap beat out of him. Twice. Why is that? I mean, he’s never done anything to me personally, other than the second Transformers movie. And maybe Indiana Jones.
  • Since it’s set in the Depression-era South, you know there’s Ralph Stanley on the soundtrack. And, I must admit, this is the best Depression-era, bluegrass-infused, off-the-beaten-path soundtrack since O Brother Where Art Thou. So, I guess every dozen years or so we in the South need to re-inject some native mountain music into the American DNA.
  • Of course, this soundtrack is different than O Brother. Where that one was traditional, this one reinterprets the the traditional in odd new ways. I mean, how else can you describe Ralph Stanley covering The Velvet Underground and Captain Beefheart? The question is, then, did Stanley pull those bands into his past, or did they drag him into their future?

The highlight of the soundtrack, though, is this song:

That song was written by Nick Cave, who also wrote the screenplay. Let’s face it, he’s just an other all-around renaissance man who wouldn’t be recognized in public in most of suburban America.

And that’s what I love about this country. But that’s a little off-topic.


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