Prince Avalanche

Film Review by jamie@theskinny.co.uk | 14 Oct 2013
  • Prince Avalanche
Film title: Prince Avalanche
Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, Lance LeGault, Joyce Payne
Release date: 18 Oct
Certificate: 15

David Gordon Green rejects his recent form for crude stoner clowning to provide more oblique, contemplative comedy with 80s-set Prince Avalanche. Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch are excellent as Alvin and Lance, two very different but equally moronic road crew crackpots discovering themselves and a semblance of perspective while maintaining the trail in a burnt-out Texan forest.

Alvin, having taken on his partner’s brother Lance as a favour, is distraught at having his solitude disrupted by the younger man. An uptight mass of pretension and disdain, Alvin prefers to spend his time in the bush with self-improving introspection and taped German lessons, while loudmouth Lance longs for a trip to town to get laid.

Rudd and Hirsch have great chemistry, and Green gives them room to develop their characters with a languid pace and unobtrusive style. This is a nuanced work with some ambiguous spiritual elements complementing all the male anxiety. A couple of older characters of mysterious origin intermittently dip in to add philosophical depth to an already smart two-hander.

Released by Metrodome