Come Early Morning
Joey Lauren Adams-Director
The Weinstein Company
By James Calemine
Joey Lauren Adams' directorial debut proves amazing. This film was selected by the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. Early Come Morning takes place in Adams' home-state Arkansas where vivid landscapes provide a sensory pleasure to the economical dialogue. Even John Prine, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Don Gibson, Billy Joe Shaver and Merle Haggard songs appear in the soundtrack...
Ashley Judd shines in Early Come Morning. This may be the best movie I've ever seen her act in. Outside of her striking beauty (even without makeup, faded blue jeans and boots), Judd captures hearts, even in her character's flaws, which always makes for memorable cinema.
Ray McKinnon, Stacy Keach, Laura Pepron, Scott Wilson and Jeffrey Donovan provide great performances in this film. Adams' writing overshadows her acting career. As a tease, I tempt all viewers to name the actors/actresses in Early Come Morning who also appeared in Billy Bob Thornton's Sling Blade.
You should add Early Come Morning to your DVD collection ASAP.