Prince Avalanche Review

Join the natives with David Gordon Green’s new festival sensation Prince Avalanche.

Prince Avalanche takes you on an adventure into the late 1980’s, After a tragic forest fire where over 750,000 woodland acres were destroyed along with countless houses and lives, Alvin played by the hilarious Paul Rudd has trekked out into wildness and got a job as a highway worker. Escaping his life Alvin treasures solitude until his wife’s brother Lance played by the dramatic Emile Hirsch in search for a job is sent out into the natural isolation of the forest, they find themselves at odds with each other and soon are thrown into the adventure of Alvin’s no-life crisis.

Adapted from Icelandic film Either Way, this has turned out to be a indie triumph for Director David Gordon Green who has created a joyous masterpiece out of the remains of a forest long burnt to the ground combined with his love of indie film productions including George Washington and Shotgun Stories and his previous experience working on hollywood headliners the likes of which include comedies Your Highness and Pineapple Express.

The offbeat comedy Prince Avalanche has a strange title as according to Green the name has no actual meaning or relation to the film. Which somewhat relates to the tone of the film as everyone takes something different and strangely diverse away from the film, Green also has no interest in making the film a straight and narrow film to follow and has in a brilliant way not handed us any answers about the film leaving the audience to interpret it themselves.

Despite all the emotional and joyous happenings in Prince Avalanche the film still mainly focus on the natural tone of the regrowing forest featuring countless varieties of extreme closeups and landscape shots of the seemingly endless forest in Bastrop, Texas that Prince Avalanche was shot in over the intensely short filming period of just sixteen days.

Prince Avalanche first appeared on the festival scene at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year along with members of the cast and crew in attendance and managed to pull of a spectacular welcome from both the critics, crew and fans alike leaving it to become a festival favorite throughout the recent year.

This love or hate comedy leaves you with an almost celebratory feeling after soaking in the entire film which has a surprisingly moderate runtime of just 94 minutes and is a must see for any and all David Gordon Green admirers.


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