I was impressed to learn that Alexander Ebert, frontman of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, is responsible for the gorgeous score for All is Lost. J.C. Chandor directs Robert Redford in the lost-at-sea drama, due out on DVD on February 11th.
Believe or not, I had never seen The Natural before. The cinematic classic is often categorized as a sports movie, which isn’t really my thing, so I never bothered. But the film is so much more than that and is now a new (old) favorite of mine.
Set in the 1920s, Robert Redford stars as Roy Hobbs, a country baseball player whose rise to fame is suddenly cut short by a fateful encounter with a serial killer’s silver bullet.
Don’t worry, that little spoiler takes place at the very beginning of the film and does not diminish the shocking nature of the scene.
The old-fashioned setting and gorgeous direction propel the story through its initial drama into Hobb’s middle-aged professional baseball comeback. Countless scenes throughout the film are so artistically directed and beautifully shot they would make lovely still photographs.
The film’s multi-talented cast includes Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Kim Bassinger, Barbara Hershey, Richard Farnsworth and a young Michael Madsen.