If you're anything like some of us here at Feldspar Brook, you're looking forward to a weekend filled with a house chore or two, and very little else that doesn't involve a couch. A number of media outlets enjoy making their followers squirm with angst, forecasting an oncoming seasonal storm to be one of apocalyptic proportions. Okay, so it's supposed to simultaneously snow and rain all day tomorrow, basically putting the kibosh on any Saturday plans we might have had for ourselves. That's perfectly fine, really. Some of us welcome any excuse to not shave or apply mascara for a day. There's an inviting den and overstocked DVR to tend to. Hold all calls until Monday.
You know what pairs perfectly with snow and rain (besides wine and a crackling fire)? A great movie. Especially one that takes place outdoors in a seemingly far-off land, under a gorgeous sky, with the characters enveloped in splendid landscapes offering the perfect mental escape for the viewer, while the elements outside are anything but pleasant. With this in mind, we recommend the 1993 film "A River Runs Through It".
Directed and narrated by the glorious Robert Redford; the true story takes place in 1920s Montana and tells the tale of two brothers (Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer). One, more serious and the other rebellious, growing up under the studious rules of their minister-father (Tom Skerritt). The boys become men and tend to their own evolving lives, focusing on writing in two totally different aspects: The serious brother becomes a professor while the more rebellious Pitt becomes a somewhat destructive journalist. What the two young men share with equal passion however, is fly-fishing, which continues to bring them back to the land and waters they knew as young boys. Through the love of honing their artful fishing skills and standing hours on end in the extraordinary river they call home, are they able to part with any harbored pain and become lost in their exceptional, fluid dance as the currents wash away their differences.
Lovely, esteemed actors and performances aside, what makes this film most memorable is the picturesque scenery set within that Montana backdrop. The rushing waters, the mountains, the way the sun kisses the natural edges across the earthy elements, and the vintage, outdoorsy wardrobes finely worn by the cast is all really pleasing to watch. The message of the film is also engaging, as one of the brothers comes to explain; "At the time I did not know that stories of life are often more like rivers than books, since eventually, all things merge into one."
This film is currently available on Google Play and Amazon Instant.