On November 11th, the Robinson Film Center shared my review of “Tracks” on their Facebook page! I’m sure that is no big deal for most bloggers, but it is the first time I’ve known it to happen to my blog!
So the significant other and I got our golden ticket in the mail today, and couldn’t wait to go see our first film at the Robinson Film Center, here in downtown Shreveport. We decided to see “Tracks”, which is showing there until Wednesday.
The venue is wonderful. The new seats were totally comfy, and the theatre wasn’t crowded for a Saturday night. All the staff (including the Executive Director, Alex, who stopped to chat with us afterwards) were incredibly friendly, quiet, and efficient at their tasks.
For some background on the movie, I am going to quote Rotten Tomatoes here: “Director John Curran (THE PAINTED VEIL, WE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE) and the producers of THE KINGS SPEECH bring you the film TRACKS, which tells the remarkable true story of Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska), a young woman who leaves her life in the city to make a solo trek through almost 2,000 miles of sprawling Australian desert in the mid-1970’s.. Accompanied by only her dog and four unpredictable camels, she sets off on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she meets National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) who photographs her voyage.”
I thought the movie was terrific. Jerry often laughs at me, because if I get bored, I can’t sit for long, and have been known to fall asleep in a lot of movies that didn’t really grab me. I didn’t fall asleep during this one.
I had originally wanted to see this because there was a dog in it. Diggity is played by dog actor Special Agent Gibbs. All my NCIS fans will understand the significance of this name. He was a gorgeous black lab.
I think my desire to continue to have grand adventures caused me to be more interested in this movie. Wasikowska plays a very tough chick, surviving something no one had recorded doing, up to that point. She was resilient, and I love a good survival story. Some reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes complained about the fact that she mostly turned every human she came into contact with, away. Yes, she did, but this was the whole point of her journey, to escape and reflect. Throughout the movie there were flashbacks that told a bit of her story, and if one pays attention to those, one can be a bit more empathetic to her desire to be solitary.
I was concerned the significant other wouldn’t be as interested in it as I was, but he seemed to enjoy it, and not in the, “whatever you say, dear” sort of manner.
The movie is not huge on dialogue; a lot of the acting is done non-verbally, but I didn’t find that to be a bad thing. The photography/filmography was stunning. I would definitely give it a hearty “yes” vote.
So, all this being said, drop into the RFC and have a little adventure of your own!