|Directed by||Mark Raso|
|Written by||Jonathan Tropper|
|Based on||"For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends at Photo Lab in Kansas"|
by A.G. Sulzberger
|Edited by||Geoff Ashenhurst|
|Music by||Agatha Kaspar|
Kodachrome is a 2017 American comedy-drama film, directed by Mark Raso, based upon a New York Times article written by A.G. Sulzberger. It stars Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen, Bruce Greenwood, Wendy Crewson, and Dennis Haysbert. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2017, and was released on April 20, 2018, by Netflix.
In late 2010, Matt Ryder is a record company A&R representative who is in danger of losing his job after his company's biggest client signs with another label. His father's assistant and nurse Zooey informs him that his father Ben, a famous photographer, is terminally ill. Though they have not spoken in over ten years, Ben has requested that Matt drive him to Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas, the last shop that develops Kodachrome film. Ben has several rolls he wants to have processed before he dies, and Dwayne's will stop in the near future because Kodak no longer makes the required dyes.
Ben's manager Larry persuades Matt to take the trip by arranging a meeting between Matt and the Spare Sevens, a band he has been trying to sign. Matt, Ben and Zooey start the journey, and Ben insists on taking back roads so he can take photos and enjoy the scenery. In Ohio, the group visits Ben's brother Dean and Dean's wife Sarah, who were Matt's surrogate parents following his mother's death. Zooey and Matt bond over Matt's old music collection, and later a drunk Matt leans in to kiss her, but falls off the bed. He sleeps on the floor, and they end up sharing stories of their failed marriages. The next morning, Zooey is awakened by Ben, who has fallen in the bathroom and needs help to stand. Ben irritates Dean and Sarah at breakfast by mentioning that he and Sarah once had a sexual relationship. Sarah explains that it was before she and Dean dated, which does little to assuage Dean's anger.
In Chicago, Matt makes his pitch to the Spare Sevens, and follows his father's advice not to tell the band how great they are, but to point out what they're doing wrong and why they need Matt to fix it. Lead singer Jasper and the other band members admire Matt's nerve and begin to agree to the outlines of a deal, but start to mock Ben when he accidentally urinates on himself. Though it will probably cost him his job, Matt tells them he does not respect them and leaves the meeting to check on his father.
At their hotel, Ben expresses disappointment to Zooey that Matt did not close the deal. Zooey points out that Matt made a career-ending decision in defending his father, which leads to Ben firing her. Zooey joins Matt at a bar, where he receives several texts from his boss letting him know he has been fired. They continue to drink, then spend the night together. The next morning, Zooey calls her night with Matt a mistake and returns to New York. Matt receives no answer at Ben's door and has hotel staff open it. Ben is unconscious on the floor, and Matt has him rushed to the hospital. The doctor tells Matt that Ben's cancer can no longer be treated, he cannot travel, and he should be placed in hospice care. That night, Ben struggles to load film into a camera, eliciting Matt's help. Through tears, Ben tells Matt that he does not expect forgiveness for his shortcomings as a father, but that he loves him. Matt and Ben embrace.
The next day, Matt takes Ben out of the hospital so they can finish the trip to Parsons, which will require driving nonstop overnight to make it to the photo lab in time. They drop off Ben's film at Dwayne's, where Ben is recognized by several patrons, most of whom are well-known photographers. Several ask to have photos taken with Ben, giving Matt insight into his father's influence and legacy. In their hotel room, Ben is cleaning his camera when he dies. Larry arrives to make funeral arrangements and Dwayne delivers the developed photos. Matt offers them to Larry, but Larry refuses, saying Ben's wish was for Matt to curate them for a showing. At Ben's home, Matt loads the photo slides into a projector and is surprised to see dozens of pictures of himself as a little boy, many with his deceased mother, and some with his father. Zooey arrives and asks if he would like company, then they stand together as they view Ben's slides.
- Ed Harris as Benjamin Asher Ryder, a famous photographer, Matt's father, Dean’s brother and Zooey’s employer
- Jason Sudeikis as Matt Ryder, Ben's estranged son, Dean and Sarah’s nephew and a record label A&R representative
- Elizabeth Olsen as Zooey Kern, Ben's nurse and assistant
- Bruce Greenwood as Dean Ryder, Ben's younger brother, Sarah’s husband and Matt's uncle
- Wendy Crewson as Sarah Ryder, Dean's wife and Matt's aunt
- Dennis Haysbert as Larry Holdt, Ben's manager
- Gethin Anthony as Jasper, the lead singer of the Spare Sevens
- Bill Lake as Dwayne, a film developer
- Rob Stewart as Lepselter, Matt's boss at Spitting Devil Records.
- Al Mukadam as Leo
- Sebastian Pigott as Elijah, a singer who leaves Matt's label
Photographer Steve McCurry contacted Kodak to request that he receive the last roll of Kodachrome in order to create photos that would pay tribute to the film he had used for much of his professional career. Kodak agreed and gave McCurry the final roll in 2009. McCurry used the film to create 36 memorable photos, then hand delivered the roll to Dwayne's to be developed. The photos McCurry took with the last roll of Kodachrome were featured in the movie's closing credits.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 71% based on 49 reviews, with a weighted average of 6.24/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Kodachrome gains richer hues due to Ed Harris' colorful performance, which is enough to enliven a solid if predictable father-son road trip drama." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 57 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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