Everyone I know knows, I can barely tolerate James Franco. But, he surprised me with his adaptation of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.
I really liked the way he shot this movie. Split screens of the same scene show different points of view of the character. Sometimes looking from over the shoulder of a character, and sometimes that character's profile listening to what another character is saying. It was crucial when seeing how a character reacted to what was going on
The story is about the Bundren family taking their mother Addie Bundren to the next town over to bury her and the problems they run into on the way. It takes place in Mississippi in the 1930s
It is a very dark story taking place over several days. It is not for the faint of heart. It took William Faulkner six weeks to write this story. It isn't one of my favorite stories but it is one of the best novels of the 20th century.
I wonder why James Franco chose this particular story. I guess maybe he got tired of doing stoner films and the only way to do that was to make his own movie.
James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Patrick, and Danny McBride star in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.