Main Plot Points:
- Based on the acclaimed 1973 Cormac McCarthy novel, director James Franco’s Child Of God takes place in 1960s Tennessee, where Lester Ballard is a dispossessed, violent man – one the narrator describes as “a child of God much like yourself perhaps.”
- Deprived first of his family and then his home, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller, falling deeper into a disturbing life of crime and degradation.
What We Thought:
- Child of God is yet another odd movie from James Franco. It’s well made, looks good, but just didn’t have much going on in it.
- It reminded me of another Franco directed movie, As I Lay Dying. That also looked good, was well made, but just didn’t hold my attention.
- I was curious to see what Franco would do with Cormac McCarthy source material. Unfortunately the film just feels really flat to me. I think it wants to be suspenseful, but I just couldn’t get into it.
- And you know it’s going to be something different when they literally show a guy taking a dump and wiping himself with a stick. Yeah, I know it’s Franco and he’s a big out there, but that wasn’t necessary. I don’t care if you want to call it “art” or whatever, to me it’s still a guy taking a dump.
- I did like the look and aesthetics of the movie. Franco did make the film look the right time period. Costuming and set design are really good. Even the acting is pretty decent. I just wish there was more to the story, especially in the beginning.
- The Blu-ray looks really good. It has great shading and captures that era and area really well. Audio is just as good with easy to hear dialogue and score.
- Child of God did get better as it progressed, but the opening too so long to get going it lost my attention. Franco paints a pretty pictures, but I wanted more substance early on.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Scott Haze
- James Franco
- Tim Blake Nelson
Recommended if You Like:
- As I Lay Dying
- James Franco
- Cormac McCarthy