Rudderless… what does that mean, you ask? Well, if not, then I’m the only one who was asking. Gen and I came across a movie with this title, and after watching the trailer, we were intrigued. Both the plot and the actors looked great, just had no clue what the title meant. Only now did I look it up and find out… and low and behold, it’s a perfect fit for the movie we watched! Fantastic movie! I will let all of you decide how the title Rudderless applies to the plot.
First movie directed by the greatly talented William H. Macy, this masterpiece features the grieving divorced parents of a teenage boy killed in a school shooting. I would really like to quickly say that the role of this teenager is portrayed by Miles Heizer (in the GIF above), an actor who was in the amazing TV show Parenthood. While sadly his role was small, I was very happy to see him again. While the mother appears to move on and start a new family, this movie focuses mostly on the father and his grieving process. Starting off by losing his job, he then carries on to working construction and living modestly on a boat. Billy Crudup does a great job at portraying the mourning father, accompanied by one of my personal favorites, Felicity Huffman, as the mother.
After throwing away some of his late son’s belongings, Crudup’s character stumbles upon several songs that his teen had written. Amazed by the talent and revealing lyrics, he begins listening to them over and over again. While playing one of them at a dingy bar owned by Macy’s character, he befriends a young boy, which is the beginning of a new friendship and as well as a new band. Using this as a way of gaining closure and getting to know more about his son’s life, Crudup goes on to play with this new band and becomes quite successful.
In an incredibly beautiful portrayal of mourning and moving on, this film shows that everyone has a different way in which they are able to do this. It is shown that while one individual may seem to move on too quickly, and another too slowly, they are still experiencing the same sadness. Along with this, the movie also teaches its audience so much more. The best part of this film in my opinion is the twist along the way, which I have promised myself I will not reveal to my readers. I will, however, share that I truly believe the movie is worth watching not only for the twist, but also the amazing acting and storyline. Beautiful work, William H. Macy!!
What do you think of big twists in movies?