This film is based on the true story of Alvin Straight (played by Richard Farnsworth), an elderly man who drives across Iowa and Wisconsin on a tractor to visit his brother, who suffered a stroke. As a David Lynch film, it is bizarre in that it’s a David Lynch film that isn’t completely bizarre. In fact, it’s insanely straightforward and to the point, much as I expect the state of Iowa to be, by and large.
You’ll be surprised to learn that driving a tractor instead of a car is NOT a common occurance in Iowa. In fact, a quick Wikipedia search taught me that Iowans drive “cars,” very similar to the ones that we seen in movies set in Los Angeles or Seattle. Huh.
If you liked Timothy Olyphant in Deadwood or Justified, you’ll hate him in the horrible film, The Crazies, as he plays a small-town sheriff contending with residents who are just going bitchcakes all up in that piece. It’s a terrible, terrible movie, and manages to make Iowa seem like the logical place for the government to conduct weird experiments that turn people crazy.
Iowans – please feel free to chime in via the comments – is your state a good state to conduct chemical experiments on its residents? My default answer is “probably,” but I want to get all the facts before making a ruling as to whether or not your people should be gassed. You’re welcome.