As I Lay Dying (2013) - Drama

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Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

IMDB: 5.4
Director: James Franco
Stars: James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson
Length: 110 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 6 out of 34 found boring (17.64%)

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The filmmakers tried to capture that with the use of split-screen and by occasionally having characters talk directly to the camera, so the movie might be more than a little confusing if you come to it "cold".

It's actually boring and that is the worst sin a director can commit.

That's how the novel worked, and that's why it was so compelling.

His novels, short stories (et cetera), are not for everyone, but they are engaging, and have, for decades, stirred up many debates and critical opinions from one end of the spectrum to the next.

The story telling is appalling, and made worse by the pretentious use of split screen that sites incongruous messages.

The filming was intense.

Sorry, but this movie was slow, boring, and borderline irritating.

So basically, if the tragic tale of a backwoods southern family in the early 1900s trying to get their mother's body back to her home town for burial and meeting all sorts of disasters along the way, all told in an artistic and somewhat confusing way, doesn't sound appealing, you might want to skip this one.

The music was intense, almost too much at times.

Franco unfulfilled by just acting in recent times has taken on art, writing and adapting so called un-filmable novels with the forthcoming McCarthy adaptation Child of God premiering recently and this faithful and very intriguing adaptation of William Faulkner's revered 1930 book As I Lay Dying which had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

This is one very slow film which will strain the patience of the most moviegoers.

Dull and Doesn't Offer Much .

The setting with dual screens makes it even more intriguing, going from scene to scene with REAL acting.

But with the proper attitude and frame of mind, you may actually find this a fascinating rumination about life and mortality, as you immerse yourself in this grim slice of rural American life in the 1920s.

The imagery used is compelling as the grand country vistas contrast with intimate personal moments.

Overall, the film differs on another level of severe boredom.

The plot is ultra boring as well.

I found the pace, pretty slow and I couldn't understand what the hell the characters were saying because of there Deep South accents.

Franco is easily the standout as Darl, but Jim Parrack and Logan Marshall-Green as Cash and Jewel respectively pretty much get lost because of their bland performances.

Once you get the drift of this languid storytelling style, and his attention-grabbing split screen technique, you will be mesmerized and drawn in.

It's some of the most compelling scenes in the movie.

If you want an exciting movie featuring Franco and Mcbride check out Pineapple Express.