Last Night I was going through Netflix and discovered As I Lay Dying was available to view. I was like yesss! I’m finally able to catch this flick. I literally didn’t know what to expect with this film. All I knew was that James Franco was in it and he also directed it. The movie captivated me and I was impressed. Consider the movie takes place back in 1930’s. Based off a novel by William Faulkner.
The selection on the cast and crew were great choices. We have characters such as Darl Bundren (James Franco), Anse (Tim Blake Nelson), Cash (Jim Parrack), Dewey Dell (Ahna O’Reilly), Jewel (Logan Marshall-Green), Vardaman Bundren (Brady Permenter), Addie Bundren (Beth Grant), and many others. I love their monologues, that took place throughout the film. They executed their parts perfectly.
Their mother is dying and would like to be buried a few towns over in a cemetery. They have to go on this mission, mind you back in the 1930’s which is way different to what we can do today. Having to horse bench wagon carrying a wooden casket in the hot summer sun. It was tough. The story is based on four brothers Darl, Cash, Jewel, and Vardaman. They also had a sister named Dewey. Each one has their own story which you really need to pay attention and follow.
The visual was breathtaking. The spit screen effect really gave more to the scene. You’re able to see different views and it was just mind blowing. You just need a bit a patience to follow through at the beginning but once you start understanding the concept, it will pay off at the end. I’ve already watched this movie twice and will do so again.