Prince Avalanche

Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.


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  • ★★★★ review by Sam Van Hallgren on Letterboxd

    I want to have seen this movie 12 times already so I could commit the entirety of its dialogue to Lebowski-like levels of memory.

    There's not a false note in this absurdist chamber work. We knew you had it in you, Greenie.

  • ★★★½ review by Matt Singer on Letterboxd

    A lovely return to form for David Gordon Green that, at least as I interpret it, is kind of about the fact that he needed a return to form in the worst possible way. At that point, you burn it all down and draw up a new path out of the wilderness.

    This is a good movie with one truly astounding sequence. You'll know it when you see it; it features Paul Rudd stumbling on a woman in the rubble of an old house.

  • ★★★★½ review by Andy Ferguson on Letterboxd

    Those who have called David Gordon Green's new film, Prince Avalanche, a perfect blend of each style of film he has experimented with over the last 15 years, could not be more right. Green saw something in the 2011 Icelandic film, Either Way, something that he could translate to a specific area in Southern America and apply his singular vision.

    This simultaneously feels like a step back into his roots and a step forward into the next phase in a fascinatingly diverse - if not always satisfying - career. Green's first three films (and possibly his fourth, Snow Angels) would all be included in my 100 favorite films of the 2000's. At one point I was so obnoxiously in love with both All the Real Girls and Undertow, that I was quick to call DGG my favorite filmmaker. That was a bit of a premature statement at the time, but I have never really stopped getting the sweats with anticipation each time Green is set to unveil a new film. Sure, Your Highness and The Sitter made me scratch my head a little bit, but here comes Prince Avalanche, swooping in to calm all of the minor doubts that were starting to surface regarding his body of work.

    It's extremely nice to see a focus on his actors again, because over the last few years it seems that the material in Green's films kind of takes away from an ensemble's impact. Prince Avalanche is completely a character piece, of which there are three leads: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, and the devastated-by-wildfires area of Bastrop, Texas. Rudd and Hirsch each give one of the more memorable performances of their entire careers, and they handle Green's oddball, endearing, introspectively funny words with a sort of playful profundity that permeates throughout every second of the movie. Combine all of these great elements with a seamless companion score by Explosions in the Sky and frequent Green collaborator, David Wingo, not to mention another beautiful job well done by cinematographer Tim Orr, and you have one of the best films I've seen this year.

  • ★★★½ review by jose on Letterboxd

    I find paul rudd’s mustache adorable

  • ★★★★ review by Taylor Genovese on Letterboxd

    Sometimes I'm just in the mood for a unique, minimalist character study and this movie certainly delivered.

    Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch could not have better chemistry on screen and this film has left me yearning to see more of Rudd in independent dramedies.

    Both actors did a phenomenal job making their flawed characters likable and relatable to the audience. I'm sure some of that credit needs to be given to director David Gordon Green, who did an equally commendable job directing within each scene. The cinematography is beautiful as well, showing a great contrast between gorgeous shots of nature and torched desolation due to forest fire. Where he fails, unfortunately, is creating a tight connection between each vignette-like scene. Instead of a cohesive feature film, it seems more like a series of shorts. I did not find this to be a crippling detriment but it did pull me out of the film at several points.

    Overall, however, this story is about two men at different points in their lives who are living in a strange and removed environment that mimics the emotions that each are feeling and end up experiencing together. At first the two clash, but being alone in nature tends to create a bond that wouldn't exist elsewhere and the two help each other through their emotional turmoil.

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