Second Trailer for ‘The Road’ Proves There’s No Honest Way to Market It

Viggo Mortensen in The Road

Photo: Dimension Films

The first trailer for The Road was a terrible mis-characterization and now Yahoo has debuted a second trailer and while it briefly touches upon the bleak and helpless nature of the film (primarily via Viggo’s strained voice over) the musical choices and cutting of the footage (particularly in the second half) are far more uplifting and hopeful than the film ever is.

I loved the book and recommend everyone read it, but if you are looking forward to this film and have not yet read it, I highly suggest you hold off because the images on the screen can’t hold up to the words on the page even if this is about as faithful an adaptation as you could get. I can’t quite put my finger on what exactly went wrong with John Hillcoat’s adaptation of The Road, but there is a spark of life that seems to be missing from it that I somehow managed to convince myself was there when I read the book.

The Road is due in theaters on November 25 and stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee with Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Michael Kenneth Williams and Robert Duvall along as supporting cast.

Check out the trailer below or in high definition at Yahoo. For more on the film including our gallery of 19 images click here. Ten of the images in the gallery are direct screen captures from this latest trailer and, like the one above, preview some of the great photography from Javier Aguirresarobe. This is by no means a bad film, it’s just a tough one for me to pull my thoughts together on.


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