A HEARTFELT AND PAINSTAKING ATTEMPT AT DEALING IN FILMIC TERMS WITH THE COMPLEX AND AMBIGUOUS SUBJECT MATTER OF THE BOOK
Based on Philip Roth’s sprawling epic of the same name, American Pastoral marks Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut.
With a great cast the film rides an emotional rollercoaster for players and audiences as it charts the life of a family through turbulent political times from the 1940s to the 1970s.
Seymour “Swede” Levov (McGregor) is a young man that has it all at his feet. His sporting prowess, smarts and charisma lands him a beauty queen Dawn (Connelly). Together they have a daughter Merry (Fanning) who born with a terrible stutter grows up a radical activist opposing the Vietnam war.
As a directorial debut for McGregor this is a tough gig but the film has a great honesty that’s absorbing and looks great on the big screen.