Friday, February 7, 2020
The Road to Wigan Pier - Book Review
The Road to Wigan Pier - Book ReviewThere are many road movie memorabilia to which The Road to Wigan Pier is an absolute must-see film. Without the supporting cast of Kevin Costner, Tom Hanks, and Cameron Diaz, the film would have been a definite miss for me. However, it has become an all-time favorite, even with costumed fans and those without the benefit of costumed flirting skills.Not every road movie memorabilia needs to be a vehicle story, as is the case with The Road to Wigan Pier. Many of the road movie memorabilia that passes as memorabilia are merely prop pieces. Some are meant to look like a hard-core fan of the film. As an illustration, many fans present pictures of the sets they saw, without having ever been there, in order to prove their love of the film.Though I didn't personally participate in The Road to Wigan Pier, but I did enjoy it greatly. There are a few key elements that will make it a worthwhile road movie-memorabilia purchase for any collector of film memorabi lia.The road movie memorabilia that Scott Moore sells at his site at ScottMoore.com features mostly special appearances from people like Kevin Costner, Tom Hanks, and Cameron Diaz. No one can dispute the fact that these three actors and one young movie star have great acting abilities, but nothing about their contributions is movie quality. The actors simply appear on the screen while dressed as each character. In other words, it's not the actors who are behind the memorabilia but the props, including some road movie props, which cost some serious money.For instance, one of the very first Road movie memorabilia items available on ScottMoore.com is the Collectors Poster of the Film, featuring an advertisement for The Road to Wigan Pier. You'll also find a picture of Kevin Costner as Sheriff Tandy and another of Tom Hanks as Healy. A great example of memorabilia that has no road movie value is a Myron Hochberg prop which is located by me.Though it is true that some of the memorabilia appearing on ScottMoore.com is worth considerably more than the product itself, I personally feel that Tom Hanks as a roadie is worth far more than a collectible roadie prop. At times, Tom Hanks is much more important to the plot of the film than the other two actors, as he plays a vital role in bringing about the conclusion of the film. So what can be the value of a Tom Hanks Memorabilia item? Well, he appeared in a movie with one of the greatest movie stars of our time, and given the fact that the other two film stars and the director are involved in some interesting character arcs, it's understandable that they could pass away at a younger age than their co-stars.To be fair, The Road to Wigan Pier is not the first film to have collectible road movie props, but it may be the most notable. As a collection of road movie memorabilia goes, The Road to Wigan Pier is just about the only road movie memorabilia that provides a collector with both the value and quality that he wants.