LAND – “Amounts to a 1 hour and 29-minute motion postcard”
Robin Wright (Directorial debut)
- Robin Wright as Edee Mathis,
- Demián Bichir as Miguel
- Kim Dickens as Emma Mathis
Edee, in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew and in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies. After a local hunter brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again.
Robin Wright’s directorial debut, Land, amounts to a 1 hour and 29-minute motion postcard. Yep, the sweeping vistas and lush mountain views are nothing short of “frame-worthy” here, clearly making the cinematography the film’s MVP. Unfortunately, the narrative aspects are a little more troublesome. You see, this is a movie that ultimately feels rushed more times than not (especially that third act - yeesh). There are some genuinely touching moments, however, but thanks to a quick progression to the proceedings, the film’s emotional core comes up rather hollow. Wright and Demian Bichir are predictably great though, with each giving the requisite understated somber performances. There are also the expected, yet effective, themes surrounding human resilience and self-discovery. But alas, the “short and sweet” approach leaves Land lacking the poignant gut punch it desperately needed. Well, at least we have those mountain-side views to take our breath away!