I never saw A Perfect World in the movie theater, but I recall watching it eagerly when it aired on TV for the first time many years ago. Oddly, though, I remember very little of it now, so that is not a good sign since I tend to remember a lot of the movies from the past.
At any rate, having been given the DVD, I have been exposed to A Perfect World once again. The movie stars Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood. Costner was super big at the time of this movie’s release, and Eastwood is Eastwood in any decade. He directed this movie as well.
Actually, Eastwood is more of a supporting player here. This is Costner’s movie as he plays a hardened criminal who kidnaps a young boy. There is a big deal made of the boy being part of a Jehovah Witness family, meaning he did not get to go trick or treating or do other holiday celebrations.
The movie hinges on the strength of this unique relationship between the boy and the prisoner. In a sense, the boy grows up during this time. It is poignant at moments and a little irritating at others.
The key is that the boy reaches something inside of the immoral prisoner as well. It ultimately affects some of his choices, though there is still little doubt on his morality.
Eastwood is mostly paired with Laura Dern as they track down the prisoner. Dern is excellent, and she has a very nice moment at the end. The scenes with these two quality performers are sometimes comedic amid all of the drama.
A Perfect World is a little long and could be compacted by several minutes, but it does work, even if with the violence that is within the movie.
T.J. Lowther is powerful as the young boy, who is scared and curious at the same time. He depicts the confusion of what he has been taught, what Costner’s character is telling him, and ultimately, the choice of right and wrong. How that all plays out is really the heart of the movie, and that is worth is watching.
I’m not sure why I didn’t really recall the specifics of this movie, but I doubt I forget it in the future.