I was very excited to finnally see this film. I had read the reviews and watched the trailer, loved that it took place in the 50s, location was a small town in Montana. The cinematography was supposed to be excellent, and two great actors in the lead roles. The trailer had a scene of the 14yr old boy staring up at a forest fire, very beautiful and haunting.
The script for the boy is just underwritten, young teens can be quiet and brooding, but I kept thinking "speak kid, speak". Much easier for the director to just film him running or starring up at the ceiling. I could be wrong, but I think kids growing up in wide open spaces of the american west would not spend so much time in cramped, barren homes in a empty small town. Where are all the people! The streets are always, liked they're all in forced isolation. Jake is solid, and Casey more or less steals the screen. There is no one to really like in this movie, and at least one that is pretty repulsive.
Casey's character, we learn is born and bred in the west, but ultimately she misses the mark and seems like a city girl from the rust belt forced to stare out at all these empty mountain vistas. Jake who plays the father, escapes family life and takes job as forest fire fighter. What a noble job, and there are no scenes except a drive by view of a sad looking camp. No shovels, gear, or tall trees. The photography is my opinion saved this movie, but still much to criticize. Some of the neighborhoods and houses look too much like the midwest, and my guess they were filmed in Oklahoma. Skip this one, unless your looking to remind yourself that you don't have it that bad.