The Road is a metaphor for Life
Viggo Mortensen (who also starred in The Lord of the Rings movies) gives a fine performance in this movie. This story is set in a world after some obvious disaster has happened. We are never told what happened to destroy society, but it must have been recent. There are flashback scenes to when things were more normal, when the boy was younger and his mother was alive. The father and son are on a journey to the sea. They fight for their survival. Society appears to be totally broken down and lawless: kill or be killed. There is violence, including sexual violence, mainly off-camera. (You might expect that in such a story and setting.) This story is a quest, not only for survival, but also for discovery. Perhaps the outward world is symbolic of life, the struggle to maintain one’s structure of family and values. Indeed, the father is forced to make hard choices between self-preservation (especially of his son) and modeling his deeply held principles to his son, including self-sacrifice. The journey is a metaphor for life, and the Road is the path of the relationship between the father and the son. Some call it “epic,” and if you interpret it this way, then it really is epic, as some classic literature is. Mortensen’s performance makes it worth watching (with the forewarning of the violence and adult themes).
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