That Evening Sun

2009

Action / Drama

4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 81%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 77%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 2420

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Mia Wasikowska as Pamela Choat
Walton Goggins as Paul Meecham
Carrie Preston as Ludie Choat
Barry Corbin as Thurl Chessor
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 8 / 10

great performances

Grumpy old man Abner Meecham (Hal Holbrook) walks away from his retirement living. He returns to his Tennesse farm after 3 months to find Lonzo Choat (Ray McKinnon) occupying it. His son Paul (Walton Goggins) had rented it with an option to sell. Abner is unwilling to leave and starts living in the adjacent slave cabin. Lonzo is a drunk. He beats his daughter Pamela (Mia Wasikowska) and wife Ludie (Carrie Preston) after Pamela comes home with a boy. Thurl Chessor (Barry Corbin) is a neighbor. These are great performances of compelling characters. Holbrook shows a terrifically pained bitter person. Everybody delivers in this. There is quiet tension throughout.

Reviewed by tjdercks 1 / 10

Painful To Watch

Holbrooks acting was good ... but how this movie is rated higher than a 5 is beyond me?!?! This movie started out fine ... an old man does not like being in an old folks home, so he leaves and goes back to his farm. It turns out his son has rented it out, and never told him ... an interesting and believable start.

Then it just turns weird ... the old man belittles the current Renter for being white trash. The Renter lets the old man spend the night, but tells him he has to leave in the morning. The old man does not leave, but instead goes and gets a dog, because he knows the Renter hates dog.

The Renter does not immediately go to the police, or to his Landlord, to get this guy off the land he is legally renting ... but instead kills the dog? Maybe this is how tenant disputes are done in the South ... calling people White Trash and killing dogs ... but this makes no sense in my world.

Oh ... and the old man shoots at the Renter, and gets him arrested. Then the old man decides to frame the Renter for arson, by torching the guest house he was squatting in ... but the Renter is a low life, welfare stealing, wife beating, alcoholic ... so who cares. Right?

How is it the old man can trespass (for many days) ... shoot at a man, who is not threatening him ... break into the Renters home ... commit arson ... and in the end not be in jail?!?!

Based on the Awards it won, I guess this type of drama plays well in the South. I found myself screaming at the screen how unbelievable this whole story was ... and how is it the police keep showing up, but the old man is left to stay?

If you like movies about bitter, mean old men ... and delusional white trash idiots (he was going to be a farmer, but could barely mow the lawn; and had no money to buy the farm) ... that ends with everyone miserable ... then by all means, see this. I wish I turned it off after the first 20 minutes ... it is painful to watch!!!

Reviewed by callanvass 9 / 10

Hal Holebrook's finest hour, and deservedly so.

An aging Tennessee farmer returns to his homestead and must confront a family betrayal, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the loss of his farm.

This is the perfect example of how to write an old bull can against the young bull one. Holebrook's character doesn't want trouble, just his pride and the right to go on living the way he once did. He doesn't have much left, but pride. The movie does a great job of making us care for Holebrook, something that was hard to pull off consistently. Hal Holebrook is magnificent, and Oscar worthy here in his portrayal of Abner Meecham. It was hard to pull off, but Holebrook manages to maintain likability along with his grouchy, potentially off-putting role. There's never a moment where we don't sympathize with him, even when he pushes the limits, we manage to emphasize with his actions. I've not seen Holebrook perform a better role than this one. Ray McKinnon is excellent as the hot-shot antagonist, wanting to take over the farm. You'll hate him, and possibly even understand his actions in some cases. Walter Goggins is very good as the ungrateful son of Holebrook's, he did well.

Bottom line. The Sundance Film Festival struck gold with this one, and you will too. A must see

9 ½ 10

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