Hey look. Another movie about a book I have not heard of!
The River Why is a simple movie. It asks the question, Why? It, being the river.
I wish this was about a large moving stream that spoke to the main character, much like a 5 year old child would speak to anyone.
“Why?…Why?…Why? Why? WHY? WHY? WHY?”
The story is of a fishing prodigy, Zach Gilford, who grew up in a fishing household. His dad, William Hurt, a famous fly fisher, and his mom, some lame worm fisher.
Once he leaves home due to tension at home, he lives on his own in the woods, with the ideal schedule of sleep, eat, fish. All day every day. Soon he meets Amber Heard, some crazy environmentalist lady being all naked and fishing in a lame way, and his life begins to change.
This is actually a coming of age story, with a bunch of fishing in it. Despite rising to a small amount of fame, eventually the guy finds out there is more to life than just fishing. It also comes with some philosophical backings, with the people he meets along the way.
It may or may not end with a big/long catch. Just sayin’.
It is a slow movie, but decent. I of course know nothing about fishing, because I am not a wild man in the woods (yet!) and I think I learned nothing about fishing in the movie. Fly fishing still confuses me with what they actually do. But damn it, it was kind of interesting.
2 out of 4.