Prince Avalanche (2013) – Review

After a devastating forest fire swept through parts of Texas back in the late 1980’s, two men are hired to repair the scorched and partially destroyed roads. However, as the two begin their work, tensions quickly rise and they begin taking their respective frustrations out on each other. A promising premise with two fine actors taking center stage, but sadly the execution didn’t quite feel right. Watchable at times, but certainly not worthy of a repeat viewing.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Director: David Gordon Green
Writers: David Gordon Green, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Starring: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch

While Prince Avalanche on a whole was pretty hit-and-miss, a primary strength of the flick was the relatable situation both characters found themselves in. I’m pretty certain when thinking that the majority of people watching this would admit to having been in a position similar to the one that Alvin (Paul Rudd) and Lance (Emile Hirsch) were in while while working in rural Texas. At times in life, you have to do things you don’t necessarily want to do and working long shifts away from home with somebody you barely know, definitely falls into that category.

Another thing worth noting was the fact that the filmmakers did a pretty decent job in making the two characters seem likeable despite their obvious flaws and heated clashes on more than one occasion. When the two characters began spending more time together, they consequently got to know more about each other’s lives and from there, their relationship began to blossom. Despite the likeability, however, on more than one occasion I did find it incredible difficult to believe much of what Lance spoke about to be the truth – whether the filmmakers intended this or not is another story but many of the tales and adventures he spoke about seemed far too farfetched, immature and at times too ridiculous to be even entertained. His character also acted and spoke more like a young, frustrated (and at times lying) teenager rather than the young adult he was

In regard to the humour, much of it was part-awkward and part-cringey – this tied in with many of the immaturities that both characters conveyed. Another negative was the fact that it seemed to me that many of the scenes were a little longer than they had to be and with a comparatively short runtime of just ninety-four minutes, this surprised me somewhat, especially when fairly random and obscure sub-plots began emerging which seemed to have been included for time-filling purposes at best.

Despite the flaws however, Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch did well, especially considering the story and script put before them. As mentioned, both came off as likeable characters and they had more than enough chemistry to become invested in their story and the eventual outcome of the movie.

With that being said, this probably wasn’t the finest movie of either actors career and certainly not worthy of a repeat watch in the future, but it does do its best to find the sweet spot between drama and humour and isn’t the worst time killing movie out there at the moment. Prince Avalanche is available on Netflix.

“You’re the worst person in the world!”

Lance – Prince Avalanche

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