1 The Mickey Mindset: Retro Reviews: Sounder

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Retro Reviews: Sounder

Taking place in Louisiana, in the year 1933, an 11-year-old African American youngster David Daniel Lee Robertson III, (known throughout the film as "Boy"), living with his sharecropper family, embarks upon a journey to find his father, when he gets arrested and sentenced to five years at hard labor after stealing food to feed his family. Accompanied by his dog Sounder, Boy also makes the arduous crossover from boyhood to manhood with the help (and sometimes hindrance) of various people along the road, which includes staying a little while with a dedicated African American schoolteacher. (Wikipedia) Sounder first aired January 19, 2003, as a component of the ABC anthology The Wonderful World of Disney.

The mood of Sounder is bittersweet, touching, and uplifting. The plot centers around racism, being down on your luck, and coming of age. It is a drama and family movie. In approach, Sounder is serious and realistic.

The feature presentation is based on a book written by William H. Armstrong. It's a made-for-TV remake of director Martin Ritt's 1972 theatrical feature of the same name, and starring Kevin Hooks (as the son) and Paul Winfield (as the father). In this remake, Kevin Hooks is director, while Paul Winfield plays the role of the teacher.

Compared to the original film, which isn't a Disney film, I liked both movie adaptions. The story is really good. What I like about it is how the boy changes from the beginning of the movie to the end. I would also recommend the original film. There is a part 2 to the original, that I wasn't able to find. Anyway, the music for both adaptions is good.

Overall, I give the movie 4 out of 5 stars. The same rating I gave to the original.

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