Ever wonder what the pull and allure of fly-fishing is? Is it just about catching dinner or is there perhaps more meaning that goes with the age old pastime? These are just some of the ideas posed in the new drama "The River Why," which hits Blu-ray Nov. 8 from Image Entertainment. Reel in the fish facts below!
Title: "The River Why"
Cast: Zach Gilford, Amber Heard, William Hurt
Director: Matthew Leutwyler
Runtime: 104 minutes
Release Company: Image Entertainment
The Flick: For all intensive purposes, "The River Why" is a film that shouldn’t work. It has uber-slow pacing, heaps of predictability and a lack of focus when it comes to its mish-mash of ‘from an acclaimed best-seller’ story elements. But for all the jumbled staging, there is also a multitude of captivating scenes of fishing in the glorious Oregon waters that you can’t take your eyes off of. Like a magnificent doc on landscapes, "The River Why" pulls off an almost Zen like vibe that overshadows all its myriad of problems. Not that all else is bad in the film, as there are some solid performances by local guarded gal Amber Heard, William Hurt as an distant eccentric father and even the underrated Kathleen Quinlan as a spirited mom, but it’s the river, waves and life beneath watery surface that answers the mysterious why of the title.
Sadly there is only an 'Interviews' section that’s truly a painful and arduous task to get through.
Best Hidden Gem: Seeing the great William “Rolling Thunder” Devane as an eager fisherman was a nice surprise.
Worth the Moola: Forget the story, editing, pacing and every other flaw a flick could have and just let the setting wash over you – true beauty within chaos.