Well I guess they finally caved… the River Why DVD is now available for purchase over here. After posting the photo above, I realized that this movie has a seriously “chick flick” looking cover, I mean of all the scenes to put on the cover, really, a big lame make out session, what are we 16 years old? But alas, I suppose that’s way of pop culture to boil it down to sex. I guess in a way that’s what the book ultimately ends up being about, so it’s topical and pertinent albeit a bit base and typical. The book is so much more than that though.
English teachers love Catcher in the Rye for it’s raw unvarnished look inside the head of a teenage boy, but to me that book is fairly one dimensional for that reason. However, The River Why gives us a look into the entire human psyche and how it grows and changes, how we discover things and experience things and how our view of the world changes as we encounter the world one experience at a time. The River Why does some serious delving into those deep dark channels in our minds. You should go get this movie right now, better yet, you should buy the book first if you don’t already have it, then watch the movie.
If all that literary nonsense is lost on you, then you can at least buy the DVD for the Amber Heard Nude scene, that’s probably worth the price of admission.
Hopefully the release of the River Why’s Trailer means that a national distribution is not too far away. It continues to be screened at Film Festivals around the country. I’m really looking forward to seeing this adaptation of one of my favorite books. And no I’m not excited just because there is potential for an Amber Heard nude scene. Nope I’m excited because there is actually some great literary content there and I think if done properly this could be a classic. Although, I think the Cohen brothers would have made it even cooler.
Buried in a Dallas Film Festival Press Release is news that the film adaptation of The River Why will debut at the mid-April event.
The press release describes the film like this:
THE RIVER WHY (USA)
Director: Matthew Leutwyler
Cast: Zach Gilford, Amber Heard, William Hurt, Kathleen Quinlan and William Devane Directed by Matthew Leutwyler, THE RIVER WHY is a drama about a man known as “the Mozart of fly fishing” who leaves his big city home in rebellion from his family. In the process he comes in contact with an assortment of eccentric characters who help him in his journey to adulthood.
Below are some photos from the movie’s website. Needless to say many fly fishers are waiting with bated breath for this film to hit the national spotlight. The book is one of my personal favorites and I can’t wait to find how much I hate the film when it completely destroys every image I had conjured in my mind. Film adaptations never live up to your own imagination, and I don’t realistically expect much more out of this one. It should be pretty entertaining and if nothing else should revive a bit of interest in the fisheries featured in the story, even if river’s name is fictitious. The story has a heavy dose of contemplative environmentalist mysticism that will be helpful for Joe Six pack to be exposed to and an Amber Heard nude scene will keep their interest, as well as mine.
A nude Amber Heard climbing out of the water after battling a steelhead.
Gus and the infamous talking dog.