I found myself completely fascinated by this character. This is a movie that will stay with you long after it is finished. Yoakam performs a role of a really evil person in a very realistic way, making him the perfect villain. But Billy in his first major role, he was just amazing, he looked so calm and relaxing, but yet you didn't know what he was going to do next. Step Thirteen: Finish off the weapon however you see fit. . We see Linda take a stand which belied the inner strength we thought she did not possess but she never cursed; she just stood her ground and let her son Frank, who was about 12, throw cans at Doyle and vent his bottled anger at him.
Finally, Daniel Lanois has provided a haunting musical score that ever so subtly draws us into the disturbingly offbeat world of the drama. I never once thought that the actor Thornton was on my screen. Obviously that didn't happen as the second half of the film took a different direction. Onhis release from prison, Karl is more or less at loose ends. This story unfolds in many layers, with friendship and love woven between bigotry and cruelty. Only Vaughanand her son make life bearable.
Frank likes the funny-sounding older man, even after Karl tells Frank that he was in a mental hospital for killing someone. Weinstein then saw the rest of the movie and wanted Thornton. Thornton would become a household name following his Oscar-nominated performance in the film, and for winning the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He is willing to give up his own happiness,so that they may be happy. His quiet but dynamic story is about Karl Childers, a mentally retarded man who was incarcerated in the state Mental hospital for a duel murder.
Karl kills Doyle with two chopping blows of the lawnmower blade to the head. I don't think it matters too much about how the ending takes place, or whether it is predictable or not. Though the character itself is pretty stereotypical image of a man who could beat his wife and children, being drunk all the time, it still didn't bother me at all as the movie is all about reality and simple things anyway. It is in this way that Thornton's portrayal succeeds and allows us to invest our belief into his character; you can see the mind of Karl Childer at work, even if all he's thinking about is eating tater tots. This is an Indy film without the stench of Hollywood influence. Darrow later acquires a sling blade during a training game. First of all, let me tell you that the story is absolutely beautiful.
He returns to his hometown where he meets a boy called Frank who has lost his father years ago and soon a strong friendship is formed between him and Karl. Written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who also happens to play the lead role in the movie, it makes me think that Thornton has so much more talent than I used to think. This awkward situation chafes on Hargraves who demands the boy and his mother throw the 'retard' out. Don't read things into a film that aren't there, but don't ignore the interesting elements that are. He can fix mostanything and gets a job as a garage mechanic.
You always want that first image to hook you, and if J. Then, the directing was great. As a director, he proves himself a master of rhythm and pacing, setting the mood and allowing the scenes to play themselves out without recourse to overstatement or melodrama. There is strong, life-and-death action involved that is revealed only in the sound track. Doyle is the boyfriend of Frank's mother and a very mean one too, being the only real problem and the really miserable thing in Frank's life. It's one of those rare, one of a kind movies that will leave you mesmerized. They did bad things but we were forced to view them compassionately because they reflected our own conflicting traits.
Anyone can play a slimeball. Step Seven: Draw a dot on the bracket, half way down the curve. His name is Karl Childers, he is retarded, and he has been in astate facility since childhood, when he found his mother with her lover andkilled them both. I've never really enjoyed Thronton as much as in this movie, as he has usually played these amusing hillbilly roles anyway. Well maybe it's just me who's missed it, but I'm really counting on my first opinion that it hasn't had the needed attention. Karl tells his demented dad that he used to think about killing him, but now he sees that the geezer will be dead soon, so the world will be rid of him all on its own. Art is not a fast explanation, but a captivating and thought-provoking trip that hopefully forces us to think about our own motivations.
Billy Bob Thornton is incredibly perfect as the simple man with a straight forward role which is sure to earn it's rightful place as a Classic. This is a intense movie but at times can be funny. Karl quickly becomes a father figure to Frank, who misses his father, and despises Doyle, who becomes increasingly abusive towards everybody including his own friends. Step Six: Cut out traced spacer from thinner board. A man with a raspy voice, an overshot jaw and a lot ofpain in his eyes says he reckons we might like to hear about his story, and sohe tells it.
Once you are in there, you realise the humanity that justifies the end actions. He created a masterpiece that is emotional, thrilling, dramatic, humorous, and entertaining. Finally, and the most important element of all, Billy Bob Thornton's portrayal was so real. Karl was a simple man, he lived with simple folks in a simple town. Theater and film are rooted in images and characterizations designed to help us explore the human condition. We last see Karl back in the mental institution, which might be his one true home. Hickenlooper says that although he would have liked the opportunity to direct Sling Blade, he doesn't begrudge Thornton's success: ''He's a very talented actor and writer,'' he says.