Young Critics: Prince Avalanche

Avalanche1A simplistic idea; two men painting yellow lines down a road, which dramatically turns into a philosophical story of the extremes of love and youth.

PRINCE AVALANCHE shows the tale of two mismatched characters, Alvin (Paul Rudd) and Lance (Emile Hirsch), who help each other in ways to which they are oblivious during emotional and stressful events. Although the story is set in the aftermath of the 1987 Texas Wildfire, the characters seem to be the centre of the film. Nevertheless, ideas from both seep together to mould into one thought-provoking story. Whilst the film has a deliberate plot which you need to process, there are subtle hints of comedy which will make you chuckle throughout.

Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch are impressive with their acting. The polar opposite characters reflect the immense skills they have as actors. Director David Gordon Green, known for his Hollywood hit PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, returns back to his indie roots with PRINCE AVALANCHE and shows off Rudd and Hirsch with his impressive styling as a director. Also, he uses impressive cinematic shots which are appealing to the eye and central to the plot.

With a rather ambiguous and abrupt ending, PRINCE AVALANCHE will leave you wondering what the true meaning of their journey was, and will keep you thinking long after the film is over.

– Rosie Brookes