The demise of film meant a lot of things to a lot of people.
We’re talking about the stuff that you used to put into cameras before the advent of the digital age. When the exposures were done, you’d wind it back into its little canister and either send it away or drive it to a place to have it developed.
Kodak called the procedure Kodachrome.
You may recall Paul Simon’s 1973 song of the same name, yeah, an ode to its “nice bright colors” and “greens of summers.”
Directed by Mark Raso from a screenplay by Jonathan Tropper, Kodachrome they movie is a film that loves that old film.
The plot is based on the New York Times story For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends at Photo Lab in Kansas.
Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis and Elizabeth Olsen squeeze everything they can out of the story.
Harris plays a cranky old guy who made his mark on the world taking memorable photos on film. Sudeikis is his son, a middle-aged record company talent agent coming to grips with changes in that industry, too. Olsen is the nurse charged with keeping the photographer going during his mission to get his last rolls of film to that store for development. Yup, he’s very sick. He wants to make amends with his son along the way.
Their relationship is a slow thaw, at best. The nurse and the son, well, that’s somewhat better.
It’s a study in volatility as their road show stops in the home of the old guy’s brother – who raised the kid in pop’s traveling absence, we discover.
The chemistry bubbles every which way as they make their way to the final developments.
It’s worth the 1 hour, 40 minutes on NetFlix for the depth of their despairs and breadth of the repairs.
And the salute the gathering of photographers give the old guy with their flashes was a true goosebump moment.