The Yellow Handkerchief
I should have known that a film with a 2008 date coming out in 2010 would be trouble. “The Yellow Handkerchief” is a long slog of a movie featuring William Hurt and a pre “Twilight” Kristen Stewart. The story concerns three strangers who, for no convincing reason, wind up on a road trip together, which predictably turns into a voyage of self-discovery for all involved.
Hurt plays Brett Hanson, a man who has just been released from jail. Intermittent flashbacks give us Brett’s backstory. The film’s slow pacing tries our patience as we wait to find out why Brett was in jail. It takes way too long for the main story to jell and the payoff is a rip off. Anyone who remembers the 1973 hit single from Tony Orlando and Dawn, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree,” will know exactly where this is going before it gets there. What the song tells us in three minutes “The Yellow Handkerchief” takes the length of a feature film to do.
The Yellow Ribbon, Udayan Prasad, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 102 minutes, PG-13