Trailer for Viggo Mortensen in The Road

I have to admit, I’ve never actually read one of Cormac McCarthy’s novels. But I did see No Country for Old Men, which was based on one. And now I’ve seen the trailer for The Road, which is based on another. Based on this second-hand exposure to his work I think I’m qualified to say he’s probably not a happy dude. The Coen brothers’ adaptation of No Country for Old Men, while brilliant, was bleak as can be. Not a lot of chuckles. The Road is a post-apocalyptic father/son road movie. By “road movie” I don’t mean a charming Bob Hope film where he traipses around Europe. I mean the father and son are on a road beset with obstacles like bandits, starvation, and dehydration. Not exactly Tommy Boy. But it stars Viggo Mortensen, and he tends to make pretty good decisions about movies to be in. And the trailer looks pretty interesting, so I think I’ll give it a shot. Check it out:

The Road comes to theaters November 25th.