REVIEW: Road to Perdition

A very confused review of the 2002 graphic novel adaptation "Road to Perdition."

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By Brian VanHooker - 10/3/2012
Road to Perdition Review
Brian VanHooker
Turtle with Lemonade Productions

I recently saw the 2002 Tom Hanks film "Road to Perdition" for the first time and to be honest, I cannot understand all the praise this film has received. I personally found it to be an utter disappointment.

At first, I was excited to see that Hollywood finally made a new entry into the "Road" films. I admit I was skeptical at first, with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby both being dead, I wondered how the formula would work without them. But I thought to myself "Tom Hanks is a good actor, as is Jude Law, and they likely wouldn't attach themselves to a bad film" and I also figured that it would be refreshing to see the first "Road" movie since "Road to Hong Kong" and we all know that one wasn't the strongest of the series. So, I decided to go into this film with an open mind.

As soon as I started the film, I was almost instantly discouraged.

Hanks, who I guess is filling in the Bob Hope role, was not funny at all, but rather a quiet, violent hit man. For me, this was a far too radical of a departure from the character I knew from "Road to Morocco" and the rest. What was great about Hope's character was that he never knew when to shut up! But the makers of this film have the character say almost nothing? It's an absolute mistake. Hanks doesn't even make wisecracks to the audience!

Unfortunately, Jude Law filling in for Bing Crosby was no better. First of all, we don't even meet him until half way into the movie, and when we finally do, he's trying to kill Tom Hanks! Now, the bickering of Hope and Crosby in the classic films is the real source of their humor, but having one character contracted to kill the other just takes it too far. And, worst of all, HE NEVER SINGS! In fact, there is no singing at all throughout "Road to Perdition." Not one number! It makes one wonder why the director even chose to make this film.

Really, the entire film suffers from problems like this. In place of good gags, they have violent murders and tedious plot points. With such a lack of banter between the characters, the energy of those classics is gone. No non-sequiturs with girls in bikinis, no celebrity cameos(Paul Newman doesn't count because he wasn't funny either) and again, NO SINGING! Of course, the biggest flaw of the film is it's ending ***SPOILER ALERT*** EVERYONE DIES! Leaving no room for a sequel. Why even make a "Road" movie if you don't have a half dozen more lined up to make right after it? The film makers just reintroduced this series to America, only to rip it all away again.

My advice for viewers is to just skip "Road to Perdition." It's another example of an unneeded sequel made too many years after the original (much like "The Hustler's" bizarre sequel, "Hustle and Flow"). I recommend that fans just count "Road to Hong Kong" as the final "Road" film and just forget that "Road to Perdition" was even made.
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snufkins - 10/3/2012, 3:19 AM
What's this shit doing on main?
calin88 - 10/3/2012, 3:19 AM
I only saw the movie about 2 weeks ago for the first time, I know it's based on a graphic novel but I had never read it. I don't think it was bad at all, but just like you I don't see it as some masterpiece
billytwohats - 10/3/2012, 3:38 AM
Berger45 - 10/3/2012, 3:46 AM
How is this on main?
Bobby2889 - 10/3/2012, 3:57 AM
@calin88 are you kidding?

Lol this gave me a nice little chuckle
astromerc - 10/3/2012, 4:01 AM
This was pretty funny...But if you have to explain the joke,well....
jessepostal - 10/3/2012, 4:02 AM
More than half the people on here are too young to even understand this attempt at humor
Fenlion - 10/3/2012, 4:13 AM
I've been visiting this site for years. But I'm going to superhero hype. This is the last straw. What would you idiots like to review next? ET? Star Wars perhaps? Maybe Titanic! Bye
marvel72 - 10/3/2012, 4:26 AM
very good film,definetly worth 4/5.
Christuffer - 10/3/2012, 4:52 AM
@teabag -

I too am wondering why this is on main....seeing as the article has only ONE like, and articles like this should only be put on main if it has many likes by the readers.
C'mon...if we start putting things on main just because an editor thinks it's cool, we might as well just go to Superherohype.
Sorry to tell it how it is...I'm still a CBM'er. :) I love this website

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