Adopt A Highway
Ethan Hawke is a gem in the entertainment industry. He is a 4 time Academy Award nominee, and a Tony Award nominee. He has also directed 3 feature films, 3 Off-Broadway plays, and a documentary. He is an accomplished novelist with 3 books and 1 graphic novel published. His breakthrough performance was his role in the coming-of-age drama film Dead Poets Society, and this most notable work is the Before Trilogy: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight, directed by Richard Linklater. He again teamed up with Richard Linklater in the critically acclaimed film Boyhood. He is one of those actors whose work just keeps getting better and better with age. And there is still a lot that Hawke can offer in future projects.
Newest Hawke film, a good movie
Written and directed by Logan Marshall-Green, Adopt A Highway is a story that revolves around an ex-convict who just gets out of prison. He has no friends, no family, and was on probation. He slowly discovers the new world about him and tries his best to acclimate. He is trying his best to get away from trouble. He then discovers a baby in a trash bin at his workplace, and he decides to call 911 to tell them about his discovery but, at the last minute, decides against it and keeps the baby. He does his best to take care of the baby for a few days until he decides to call the authorities. He gets into trouble as he is told that he could not keep the baby due to his record and decides to run away with the baby. And this is where the story escalates.
The movie Adopt A Highway premiered last March 10, 2019, at the SXSW and has received mixed or average reviews. The story was not thought out enough to make it feel real. The gravity of the situation is not punctuated enough in the personality of the character. Nothing in the character’s background compels him to do this thing as his character is doing his best to avoid problems with the police.
It certainly helped that Ethan Hawke is an excellent actor. He gives such a rich performance, that the audience can dive deeper into the character whose life was ruined by a few mistakes he had done when he was young and was punished cruelly with the system that was supposed to help him. It was through Hawke’s depiction of the character’s loneliness that the audience can get on board with why his character left with the baby.