A River Runs Through It

April 15, 2010

I saw this movie for the first time when I was in school in Los Angeles, and loved it because it made me intensely, terrifically homesick for Colorado.  Every other scene is of mountain ranges, rushing rivers, and stands of towering pines and cottonwoods.  The story takes place in Montana, but it could easily be Colorado, Wyoming, or Idaho.  Anyplace in the Rocky Mountain West.  I cried through the whole thing.

I saw it for the second time last night, and I was worried that I wouldn’t like it as much, that those feelings had overcome the rest of the film.  Well, I still loved it, and I still cried all the way through it, because as much as it’s about the mountains, it’s about family, and I didn’t appreciate that so much when I was twenty-one.

But I have a question:  Does anyone who’s never been fly fishing love this movie quite so much?   My grandfather taught me to fly fish when I was a kid.  I haven’t been fishing in a very long time, but I still have the rod and reel he gave me, and it’s on my list of things to take up again when my life settles down a bit.

Whenever that happens.  You know, when I retire.  Or something.

4 Responses to “A River Runs Through It”

  1. Jim Van Pelt Says:

    Do writers get to retire?

  2. carriev Says:

    Yeah, there is that…

  3. Todd Says:

    This is one of my favorite movies, despite the fact that I have never been fly fishing in my life. I love the outdoors, and living in Idaho I certainly appreciate the natural beauty around me.


  4. Thanks for the nice review. The rivers and the sceneries in the film are also quite similar like the Finnish Lapland. Minus the mountains. They, of course, made this film very beautiful to watch. Dull, but beautiful. And unfortunately I can’t answer your question, since I used to fly fish myself, when I was younger.

    But, what I liked the most in this film was Robert Redfords directing. Especially how he let a lot of visual gaps to the story by not showing everything and letting the viewer’s imagination fill these holes. I found it quite refreshing compared to the style of current movies.


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