Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Elizabethtown

This 2005 movie was written and directed by Cameron Crowe and stars Orlando Bloom and Kristen Dunst. It is a movie about a son who becomes very involved in his job working for a Nike like shoe corporation, to the detriment of being with his family, inventing the next big shoe, only to create a huge failure, costing the company billions of dollars. He ends up being fired from his job and goes home and thinks of committing suicide but before he can go through with it, gets a call from his sister that his Dad has died.

He must make a trip back to Elizabethtown, Kentucky to retrieve the body for his family but finds this to be very difficult as he finds that his father is a local hero in the town. On the flight out there, he meets a quirky flight attendant, who realizes that he is on his way back to a funeral. They connect on the flight and she gives him her phone number. He calls her and they meet up several times, all while he is learning about the great man that his father really was.

Ultimately she convinces him to take a road trip with his Father's ashes and the father and son bond as they should have when the father was alive. And at the end, he also realizes he has fallen for the girl.

Cameron Crowe is married to Nancy Wilson of the band Heart. The soundtracks to his movies are VERY important to him. This moves is no different. In fact, there are two soundtracks to the movie. Enjoy this movie clip set to the song Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley..

1 comment:

TODD SCHNICK said...

This, is a great soundtrack. I listen to it all the time whilst working at my desk.

And, having lived for many years in Kentucky, am very familiar with all the sights in the movie.

The Brown Hotel, a key location in the film, is across the street from my father's old office...