Few filmmakers working today have as wide a range as David Gordon Green. Green directed both the Terrence Malick-esque “George Washington” and the Judd Apatow stoner comedy “Pineapple Express.” Both films were successful and earned the director an audience in the art house and comedy communities.

 

In one of his more recent efforts, Green had to bring both of his skill sets together, making a comedy with artistic appeal. That film was “Prince Avalanche,” and despite receiving little attention, it is one of his better films to date.

 

Starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, “Prince Avalanche” centers on two road workers painting traffic lines in Texas. Their father-son, teacher-student, mentor-mentee relationship is at the heart of this film, as “Prince Avalanche” becomes a character study of this dysfunctional couple more than anything else.

 

Rudd and Hirsch play entirely different characters, but they have great chemistry and are fun to watch act together. There is hardly anyone else in the film, besides in a few scenes, and it is up to them to carry the entire movie. For the most part, both Rudd and Hirsch did a really good job with the material.

 

Green’s direction is both intimate and beautiful. He manages to capture great one-on-one interactions between his actors, along with the wonderful photography of the rugged Texas backdrop. This may be his most complete and realized work as a film director.

 

“Prince Avalanche” was based on an Icelandic film called “Either Way,” but it feels like a totally original experience. It is funny, human, and undeniably gorgeous. If you missed this one, which is likely the case, consider seeking it out. It is well worth your time.- 3.5/4

 

“Prince Avalanche” is available on Netflix Instant streaming.

 

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