Saturday, November 7, 2009

silence of the goats


Okay, it's official now...
I am a total, certified,  card-carrying, hopeless sap. Why do I let movies do this to me? My daughter and I like to go to movies together. The tricky thing is she lives in Boca Raton, Florida. So we find movies that are playing at the same time and go together by cell phone until we reach the theater. Then travel home again via cell phone to discuss the movie. Sappy, I know! But we enjoy it. Tonight we went to see Men Who Stare At Goats. Great cast, great premise...was looking forward to a funny, escapist type movie. Seems I don't do escapist... I escape in the story but I still find meaning and relevance to my life in most everything, it's the same with books, always looking for that magical scene or sentence or even word that will transform me into 'being all I can be' (a catch phrase in the movie)...And all the important themes were there - failure, loss, taking risks, discovering your destiny, memento mori, belief, belief in yourself, belief in others, belief in something bigger than yourself, belief in the universe, all wrapped up in a laugh out loud cinematic treat. But then one of the characters, Bob, asked another character, Bill, the BIG question...the one I want an answer to more than anything else..."Do you believe in redemption?"  You'll have to see the movie to find out his response but as for me, at least for today, I'm going to believe in redemption. The challenge is finding my own personal redemption...and recognizing it for what it is...



3 comments:

Igor Prawn said...

Men Who Stare isn't on here yet. I
ll go see it when it opens. My next movie is going to be An Education, which sounds good - British period-piece about the 70s. Redemption?

cafe selavy said...

I haven't seen the movie, but goats are bad. That's where the devil's horns come from, right? Mean buggers. Don't mess with goats.

Rhonda Prince said...

Igor: Yes, 'An Education' does sound good. But you should see Men Who Stare when it comes. Redemption? Atonement from guilt... :)

CS:awwww, they are not so bad, see the movie and maybe you'll give them a break. I thought the devil's horn was a saxophone.