Movie Review: Alabama Moon

Alabama Moon is a feelgood movie reminiscent of the “family movies” we all used to subscribe to when we had smaller children and we didn’t think the Hollywood fare was appropriate or maybe even damaging for them.

Moon Blake is an eleven year old boy who lived with this father in the woods, completely off the grid, living off the land. His father had taught him to read and write, build his fighting skills, hunting, trapping, farming, fishing and herbal arts, in an effort to make him a completely independent homesteader. While these would have been very valuable skills in 1870 on the frontier, none of this makes sense in modern in Alabama. But the motivation is not reason. His father is a radical anti-government recluse with paranoid tendencies and delusional thinking. Imagine what kind of kid such a man, living in a cave in the woods, would raise! That kid is Moon Blake.

When his father abruptly died as a result of a trapping accident, the boy found himself completely alone in the Alabama backcountry. His father gave him the mission to make his way to Alaska where a man can still homestead. “How am I gonna get there, Pap?” asked the boy. “You’ll just have to figure it out on your own. I taught you everything you need to know.”

“The law” quickly gets a hold of the boy as he embarks on his journey, and what he finds in civilization is not quite what he expected. And so unfolds the story.

A nice and well-done supporting role by John Goodman adds to the credibility and caliber of the movie. The child actors do a nice job, and while I felt quite a bit like I was watching a G movie by Disney, I still enjoyed myself with Alabama Moon.

Rating: **

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