A wonderful film that I certainly wouldn't say is a comedy. The film's moving as it's devoted to the human will, what it can endure, what it can overcome in the most dire of circumstances when need be. I feel as though it's a testament to the human experience. Life can hit you hard, over and over again, and you have to get back up, that's the message I gleaned. Cummings portrays his character with masterful skill, at no point did I think I was watching a film, I was all in and I truly hope we see more of him. This is a story of hope even though at times it is hard to see <more>
Thunder Road I can safely say that my depression has been helped because of this movie. I know it may sound stupid but when I watch the show I just fill up with laughter which most likely has resulted in me not committing suicide.
I love this movie (by JockyaChan)
I like the stories and characters. I don't know why people keep saying it's awful.
Is Jim Cummings the next can do it all rising star??? (by yooper365)
Saw this a Hell's Half Mile Film fest in Bay City, Michigan and Jim Cummings wrote, directed and gave a stunning lead performance in this festival gem, which I believe is his first full feature after bouncing around doing short films and a little TV work. He has the acting chops to pull off his own written vision of this unstable police officer who can slip from calm, deranged and sorrowful multiple times within one scene. Impressive for he must do this most if not all of this 90 minute film carrying off this complicated character through losing his mother, wife in divorce, his job and <more>
every thing he holds dear as he sinks into despair. I hope this propels his movie making skills to new wide release films in the future.
This is why independent film exists. (by mb-cunningham)
If you have read the other reviews, then you will know that this movie is being judged for all the wrong reasons. Jim Cummings put his heart and soul into this film and because it is listed as a comedy and a drama, some have decided to deride this film because of it. It is what most would call a Black Comedy. I saw the official trailer for it, and anyone that saw the trailer would know that this is more drama/tragedy with dark comedic elements, but there are pedants here in internet land that wish to harp on about this film not being properly categorized. Get over it and watch the movie, <more>
because it is brilliant! If you have ever experienced loss, then you will connect to the main character's myriad emotions. Jim Cummings does an excellent job as the beleaguered protagonist, and the film moves along at a stride that fits his circumstance, culminating in a third act that is a bit surprising, but fitting. I also loved Macon Blair Blue Ruin , as Crystal's teacher. Independent films are not for everybody, and many of them are poorly executed, cast, or directed, but Thunder Road is the reason why I watch them, because, otherwise, all we would be presented with are big studio, unoriginal bombastic gunfight and explosion filled sensory overload. I like those movies too, but sometimes, it is a treasure to see a finely crafted and emotional character study.
This is pure comedy drama at its finest (by nathaniellarkin)
It's hard to pull off the comedy drama genre but they did big-time in this one! I've laughed hard that I cried but this film was diff because I laughed and sad-cried at the same time.
Astounding movie (by almancikane)
Either you will like this one, or you wont, this is not a movie for people who likes to be partially joyous or partially sad. This movie will bore you, you would want to say screw this and cut to the end. This movie is not about inspiration or drama or fun or life or achievement, It's none of those things. So, if you are looking for a certain meaning in this movie, well.... there is one, but you cannot guess, even in 2 10 lifetimes. But, if you choose to watch it til the end, regardless, you will not be the same person again. You might not like the actors, the choreography and what not, <more>
and at that moment, i strongly suggest, ignore. Ignore everything, steel your mind and finish the movie.
This film is obviously not for everyone, and if you're expecting a 'rom-com' you might find yourself disappointed. That said, 'Thunder Road' delivers its somber-toned narrative with nuanced humor and finesse. This was my personal introduction to Jim Cummings who wrote, directed, and starred in the film , and in spite of the many reviewers' complaints that his character was unlikable, I must say that I was duly impressed having experienced an unusual mix of empathy, pity, levity, and bemusement in response to his performance . It seems pretty apparent that Cummings <more>
wrote the role of 'Officer Jim Arnaud' with himself in mind for the part, and for that reason was uniquely capable of so adroitly navigating that ambivalent tight-rope that is the comedic drama or dramatic comedy... or what-have-you .To those reviewers angrily contesting the categorization of this film as 'comedy' I would ask you to think back to the tragicomedies of old and to remember that all is not black and white.
Like waiting for rain after a long drought, i have been waiting for the gems of this years dream factory releases. It has been a pretty dull year, to this pont. But Thuder Road is one of the gems. Actually this movie marks the beginning of the season, as i hope. It almost feels like a perfect mixture of End Of Watch and The Florida Project. I was stunned to see that the budget was so limited, but it has the feel of someone aiming to hit real hard. Surprisingly intense lead acting, not seen for a long time, i was really thirsty for something like that. The story and writing takes a fresh path, <more>
that takes much appreciated unexpected paths. Cinematography was all the way i enjoy it. I'll recommend this to my peeps. The mixture is just right. Keep up the great work! I was very happy that a certain branch concerning a certain person was not taken, although it was hinted at to almost happening.