Main Street Movie Review

March 18, 2023
David Sunnyside

main street movie review

About the movie

A small Southern town in North Carolina is changed forever by the arrival of a stranger with a controversial plan to save their decaying hometown. In a series of twists and turns, Main Street follows a diverse group of residents as they attempt to reinvent themselves, their relationships and the very heart of their community.

In the midst of an uncertain economy, each character in "Main Street" must reevaluate their own lives. From a local police officer to a once-wealthy tobacco heiress, from a hard-working mayor to a depressed young woman, each is forced to examine the way they see themselves and how their actions affect others.

The film is written by Horton Foote, whose best-known screenplays include To Kill A Mockingbird and Tender Mercies, and directed by John Doyle, who has earned a reputation as a Broadway director. Shot over two years ago, the film received a limited theatrical release in 2010, with Oscar winner Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom starring in the lead roles.

As one might expect from a movie based on a play written by a major American dramatist, "Main Street" is an uneven experience. Uneven performances (particularly by Firth and Bloom), flat direction, and a sense of narrative arbitrariness keep the film from being anything more than a minor footnote in the career of much-lauded playwright and Oscar-winning screenwriter Horton Foote.

Foote was reportedly approached by producers who were eager to jump-start production in the Triangle by financing a feature set in Durham. But in the end, it was a lack of commitment that turned Main Street into an expensive exercise in cinematic risk-taking.

David Sunnyside
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