I have to revise my opinion of our Franklin-County, Va., moonshine movie.
You know the one I mean: the Shia Labeouf/Jessica Chastain film about Prohibition-Era bootleggers in the world’s “wettest” county.
This southwest-Virginia movie, which was filmed near Atlanta, and claims to take place in the town of Franklin, which is actually found on the other Blackwater River, on the other side of the state. (The Blackwater River we have here in Franklin County looks a lot more like a creek. That is, until it hits the big dam and gets backed-up into forming the Beefeater-drinking sector of Smith Mountain Lake.)
This movie which involves mayhem and bloodshed by people with names we know, whose descendants categorically deny that their forefathers ever did anything so craven.
The movie that develops it storyline quite deftly, but inexplicably wastes a couple of scenes in which none of the characters draw blood from any of the other characters–this movie turns out to have a couple pretty interesting aspects.
1. The relationship of the Bondurant brothers develops believably, and their loyalty to each other wins you over.
2. I think I could happily watch Jessica Chastain do needlepoint for two hours.
3. At the end of the movie, Howard Bondurant goes to work in Martinsville.