The World Made Straight looks like yet another helping of slow-burn Southern Gothic, which at this point is almost a genre all unto itself (Lawless,Winter’s Bone, Joe)
Bluegrass, pick-ups trucks, broken-down trailer homes, muddy creeks, seedy characters, guns, talk of kin, hirsute men in bib overalls … it’s all there in what could be an overheated mess of a movie, or a quiet triumph.
The official synopsis:
In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.
Noah Wyle (my God, I can’t think of the last time I saw him) is rocking the scruffy look, as is pretty much everybody else). War Horse‘s Jeremy Irvine co-stars, as does Minka Kelly, singer-songwriter-actor Steve Earle (The Wire), and an all grown-up (and grown-out) Haley Joel Osment.
Steve Earle was one of my favourite things in The Wire (he helped save Bubs, remember). I still can’t quite forgive him for writing that dreadful Oirish “The Galway Girl” (a cover of which was “sung” by Gerard Butler in the dreadful Oirish piece of shit P.S. I Love You. ) On the other hand, there’s this: