Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Perfect World

A.O. Scott revisits Clint Eastwood's unsettling and underrated "A Perfect World," which stars an effective and uncharacteristically intense Kevin Costner.

This came out in 1993. I probably saw it a year or two later, at 15 or 16, when the movie finally reached HBO and I was just starting to enter what's often referred to in my family as my difficult period. For some reason, this movie stayed with me. Maybe because it unfolded like Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find," which I had just read, probably for the first time. Or maybe because I was a dumb punk in search of someone to emulate and didn't even have enough sense to check out James Dean, or Marlon Brando, or Jack Nicholson, or Sean Penn, or any other actor, foreign or domestic, besides Kevin Costner for pointers.

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