Written August 17, 2013
FIrst off - great cast and well acted. Unfortunately Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch cannot overcome an overtly boring and pointless storyline. I was intrigued to see the movie given the director and location (Bastrop, TX outside Austin). While it has its fair share of funny scenes this movie fails to define itself. Buddy comedy? These two aren't really buddies, and certainly don't seem to grow much in friendship until the last 2-3 minutes of the film. Coming of age story? It doesn't seem that Emile Hirsch's character really grows in any way. Ghost story? Who knows, but it seems to be just thrown in there without bringing anything to the plot. Drama? It lacks any really dramatic elements and while its characters are well acted they lack depth and emotion. Its a film I wanted to like, but in the end I was frustrated with its lack of purpose.
Written December 18, 2013
Sorry you know I'm a Paul Rudd fan but this was terrible, turned it off halfway through couldn't take it, going nowhere, didn't mean anything, guess I must have missed something in this one.
Written November 29, 2014
David Gordon Green is a very round filmmaker, making comedies and indie-hits. "Prince Avalanche" is a unique film in which we see Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch play two road workers who spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind. Green not only enthralls us into the emotions of these two characters but he immerses us into their jobs. These men play characters who barely live outside their isolation. David Gordon Green's direction is a spectacular bond between the details of nature outside and indie humans. He shows gorgeous natural elements including trees, animals, fire, rain etc. mixed with all different kinds of emotions from Rudd and Hirsch. Green is trying to examine the way humans interact and how everyone is similar to each other in some way no matter how different they may seem. This fits due to the different personalities between the two men focused on. With only four people in this film, Green doesn't really have a plot. Instead, he focuses on fusing the personalities of his lead characters to subtlety creep up on you. The friendship between Rudd and Hirsch is a natural relationship that we fall in love with. Their friendship and lifestyles rule the energy and emotions "Prince Avalanche" possess. With creative long shots, gorgeous music to carry each shot, intelligent humor, and an emotionally-fueled friendship to drive the soul, "Prince Avalanche" works on every level. Paul Rudd shows signs of a serious actor while Emile Hirsch is harder to grasp to. He's annoying in many scenes. There's so many different emotions going on to drive you like a whirlpool that almost all of humanity's traits are shown. Green's simple plot is carried by his smart writing and gorgeous directing that overthrow the absurd climax and give you and rich story that examines human nature and creates a new type of film. This is extraordinary work.
Written August 11, 2013
I saw this movie at Sundance. It was slow, boring and the plot was not believable. I love Paul Rudd and he was the reason I chose to watch the movie. Wait for his next movie... You'll thank me.