Quick-Thoughts: David Lynch’s The Straight Story (1999)

The Things That Went Through My Head While Watching The Straight Story:

  • “It’s about family. And that’s what’s so powerful.” – Ms. Fisher in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.  
  • David Lynch is trying to abracadabra his sorcery into kid’s films now, huh? 
  • Nobody could convince me otherwise that this isn’t just a Twin Peaks side story. 
  • Which is the more hipster road-trip movie? Little Miss Sunshine or this? 
  • I guess Holly Sargis somehow got her dad back again. Dark humor, everyone! 
  • That hitchhiker girl may be running away from her home, but at least she kept her sick pair of Nike deluxes!
  • I wonder how many spontaneously open people I would meet if I drove more than 300 miles on the road in a lawnmower. I’m sure they’d all have a depressing story full of meaning to tell me that revolved around their supposedly cruddy lives…
  • There’s a whole lotta wisdom in this movie, sure, but there’s also a whole lotta elongated landscape shots too! We get it, movie! You’re sincere! No more, please! 
  • Don’t think this adorably wholesome film gets you off the hook for possibly killing someone, Mr. Lynch. I’m onto you still! 
  • Welp, I suppose that that was one of the better Hallmark movies I’ve had to sit through. Oh, but did I mention that it’s directed by David Lynch? Thee David Lynch? Now, you have to see it and call it a masterpiece no matter what! Mwahahaha. 
  • One day, I’ll watch a movie where I don’t feel bad for Carrie. One day. 

Verdict: B-

David Lynch Ranked

“The Straight Story” is now available to stream on Disney+, YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Vudu, and iTunes.

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