Aroview: Far from wild at heart, this soft-peddle road movie from the infamous David Lynch is a serene, supremely dignified fable (though based on a true incident) about a 73-year-old man's 260-mile journey to visit his estranged, ailing brother on a clapped-out tractor.
Push past Sissy Spacek's grating speech-affliction in the first act and undistracted viewers will find a gently profound wisdom in its leisurely plough across the American heartland. Pristine photography and landscape and Angelo Badalamenti's graceful score play a part, but pale against the glow of the humble human experience, exemplified by old Richard Farnsworth in a remarkable performance.
4 stars (Very Good) True story of Alvin Straight who, no longer able to drive, hears of his estranged brother's debilitating stroke and ventures out on his 1966 John Deere lawn mower determined to make the 260 mile trip. Along the way he touches many lives. Heartfelt gem.~GenXGirl