I first read The Road two weeks after it was published, in 2006. Just finished re-reading it tonight and this time was able to hear the austere dialogue spoken in my ear by Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Garret Dillahunt and the other perfectly cast actors. Checking to see if there were any new clips online besides the ones we featured a month ago, I ran across these three themes from the soundtrack. Now the music of Nick Cave & Warren Ellis is flowing into the open spaces between the words, supporting the framework that’s coming together in my head with another vital element, providing another hint of what’s in store for us come December.
I’ve seen the screenplay too, and those of you who already know the novel will be glad to learn virtually every major scene and setting survives the adaptation intact. For anybody who hasn’t read it yet, I can’t recommend it strongly enough. We’ve been paying a lot of attention to a handful of titles this month, and I worry we’re neglecting this one. On the basis of what I’ve seen and what we’re beginning to find out, let me just say: Prepare yourself for something extraordinary. Feels like The Road has taken the long way ’round to get here, but it’s going to be a movie to reckon with, I promise you.
You can listen to two more tracks after the cut.