When a movie takes place in the 1950’s there are definitely some expectations. There need to be poodle skirts and leather jackets and choreographed dance routines. Clearly The Last Picture Show was about an entirely different 1950’s, one filled with sex and alcohol and problems that can’t be fixed with a song. The movie is a coming of age story about a very small town in Texas. Perhaps one of the best parts of the film was the discovery that Jeff Bridges used to be young. It turns out he was not born with grey hair and a beard, but instead made an incredibly adorable teenager. Incredibly adorable.
Obviously there couldn’t be a coming of age films without a certain amount “coming” if you know what I mean. I could apologize for the horrendous joke, but I couldn’t resist. And apparently Jeff Bridges’ character, Duane, could not resist the worst female on the planet. Jacy was actually the worst. Having sex with Duane, a boy madly in love with her, just so she could move on to someone else who refuses to be with a virgin. And then moving on to Duane’s best friend? Hell to the no. Oh and then she sleeps with the man her mother’s is having an affair with, classy. I don’t care how “pretty” she was, she was a heartless bitch who needed to leave.
Strangely enough, Jacy was the only one who had parents shown throughout the movie. Maybe it was this stability that lead to her craziness. But the two main characters seem orphaned, only showing that they even have parent’s for mere moments. Although it seemed that Sam, a father figure, provided more than enough support. It also looks like Sam provided something a lot less legal. I’m not expert, but I’m pretty sure Sam is rolling and smoking joints with his “sons”. They sure didn’t show that in Grease.
Even though there wasn’t any music numbers in the film, I thought it was pretty jamming. And I honestly loved the black and white filming, it created a intense bleakness in the small Texas town. Though it did not satisfy my 1950’s expectations, it more than fulfilled my expectations of a good movie.
Rating: 4 out of 5 adorable Jeff Bridges’ smiles