Don’t take it away

Another family reconciliation road trip

Starring Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis and Elizabeth Olsen. Directed by Mark Raso. Streaming on Netflix. TV-MA.
Rated 3.0

In Kodachrome, a dying photographer (Ed Harris) coaxes his estranged son (Jason Sudeikis) into going on a road trip with him and his nurse (Elizabeth Olsen) to get some Kodachrome film developed before an Arizona photo lab (and ultimately the rest of the world) stops developing the brand.

Yes, it’s yet another road movie, and yes, it has the “somebody’s dying” gimmick to go with it, but don’t write this one off based on the generic synopsis. The trio of stars are pretty good here, especially Harris as a miserable man trying, in a very strange and peculiar way, to make nice with his son before checking out. Sudeikis is one of the more underrated actors out there right now, and he does a lot with a fairly stereotypical role. Olsen (one of my favorite actresses) adds the final piece to the ensemble as more than just an extra passenger calling shotgun.

The movie falls into some of the typical trope potholes, but Harris and company consistently pull it out of the muck. There’s a music business subplot involving the Sudeikis character that is actually pretty good, too. Not a great movie, but definitely worth a shot late on a Saturday night.