Director: Mark Raso
Main Cast: Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen, Bruce Greenwood, Wendy Crewson, Dennis Haysbert, Gethin Anthony, Rob Stewart, Vladimir Jon Cubrt, Al Mukadam
Plot: Matt (Sudeikis) is a struggling Record Label executive on the brink of losing his job. When Zoe (Olsen) turns up unexpected to announce she’s his father’s nurse/assistant and that his father is dying, Matt reluctantly agrees to go on a road trip with them both to develop his father’s photos in the last days of Kodachrome.
My Thoughts: If you’ve ever watched a father & son road trip movie, then Kodachrome isn’t going to offer you anything new. However, it’s the cast that makes this still an enjoyable watch. Ed Harris is simply fantastic in everything he’s in, and Jason Sudeikis is proving to the world that he wasn’t put here just for comedy. 2 years ago he was in Colossal (2016) where he chilled me to the bone, and he’s equally excellent here. Elizabeth Olsen seems to be popping up in everything I watch lately and I’m really warming to her.
There’s also a song in the soundtrack that I fell in love with. Have you ever fallen in love with a song within 30 seconds of hearing it? That’s what happened to me. Just like Olsen’s character, I’ve never heard of a band called Live (in fact I assumed they were fictional) but there’s a song by them called Lightning Crashes, and it’s amazing. I just checked to see if it’s on Spotify and it is, and whilst there I also learnt that Live is currently touring with Counting Crows! Not in the UK though…
What I Loved: Other than that song, I genuinely just enjoyed the performances. With a different cast, this movie would have been a complete bore, and I probably wouldn’t have sat through it all.
What I Didn’t Love: The entire movie is so predictable it hurts. Even the smaller details are predictable. If you honestly don’t know what’s contained in those photos within the first 10 minutes of the movie, then not even I can help you. I explained the basic plot of the movie to my husband and he guessed how the entire movie played out.
Fun Trivia: The lab in question, Dwayne’s Photography, is still in business. They just don’t process Kodachrome anymore.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Kodachrome cartons…I’m afraid they’re pretty much useless now though.