Viggo’s Beard is Better Than Yours: A Look at the Cormac McCarthy Film Adaptation of The Road

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Viggo is back. He has a frayed, wild look in his eye. His beard is ferocious. He is the lead in the film adaption of the Cormac McCarthy novel, The Road. From the looks of the trailer and today’s newly-screened clips from the film, The Road is shaping up to be equally as gripping as McCarthy’s previously adapted work, No Country for Old Men. Instead of some dude with a freaky haircut shooting people with a cow gun, as is the case with No Country, we are treated with something arguably more frightening: a post-apocalyptic world… with cannibalism galore.

After an unexplained natural disaster, an unnamed family — Viggo Mortensen as the Father, Charlize Theron as the Mother, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as the Son — survive. Other people survive, too, but less fortunately as blood-thirsty, sun-deprived people/zombies. The film follows the father and son’s journey to safety. After the jump, we’re going to take you through the clips and back up why Tom Chiarella of Esquire is calling The Road “the most important movie of the year.”

At some point in the film, a hick/cannibal calls this man “chicken-shit.” He does not realize Viggo has slayed hordes of feral ogres.

That is the guy who called Viggo chickenshit. He is also the guy gets shot point-black in the head after attempting to kidnap the son.

These are the people/zombie creatures mentioned earlier. We like to think of them as Gollum’s distant relatives.

The father gives the son a gun for defense. There are manhunters entering the house. Those Gollum-like creatures are in the basement. We are flustered. What happens next??

Ahhh, plot twist!

You can just tell that this kid is a good actor.

Charlize Theron was Esquire‘s 2008 Sexiest Woman Alive. Since most of the human population is dead in The Road, her award is more true and fitting than ever.

Bad news bears.

As Tom Chiarella explains, “Sounds awful, because it goddamned well is. But it’s awful, too, as in full of awe. Awful as in you cannot avert your gaze. It’s hard not to watch a fire.”

Thrilling story-line and fantastic actors (Guy Pearce and Robert Duval included) — we’re excited! (And we’ve been waiting forever.) Are you?