Nostalgia and family are at the heart of Netflix's new offering, Kodachrome. The new movie starring actors Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis, and Elizabeth Olsen hit the popular viewing platform just last April 20.
There's only one lab in the world that still processes Kodachrome film — Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas and that's where this movie is supposed to end. However, there is more to the film than just the destination. Kodachrome follows the story of an estranged father and son who are ultimately brought together by film photography. Benjamin Ryder (played by Harris) is a celebrated photographer who has sacrificed so much (maybe too much) for his career including his relationship with his son, Matt (Sudeikis.) Zoe (Olsen) shows up one day at Matt's doorstep asking him to drive his father to Dwayne's Photo to have his last Kodachrome rolls developed and their road trip begins.
The characters discover something new about each other and themselves along the way. It's the journey that matters and nostalgia kicks in with the great soundtrack and candid moments. Rough with dialogue but not lacking emotions, Kodachrome tickles and pulls at heartstrings with every encounter. Some moments are touching while some will just make you chuckle — a formula for the drama-comedy genre that any movie goer can get behind.
The legendary emulsion was discontinued by Kodak in 2010 much to the sadness of photographers all over the world. This film offers a look back into a loved era and the many memories that came with it. The movie was shot on Kodak Vision 35mm film and as they put it — "Anything else would have been cinematically ironic." We couldn't have said it any better.
Directed by Mark Raso
Written by Jonathan Topper
Based on the article For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends At Photo Lab In Kansas
by A.G. Sulzberger as published in the New York Times