Sunday, January 4, 2009

Taking off the blinders

I am a HUGE fan of the movies. I may not know much about the actors, director, producers or any of the other important people to hold great dinner conversations but i know what i like and what i don't.

I enjoy movies that pull at heart strings which ultimately always results in me crying silently in the cinema with tears running down my face as i quietly try to wipe the liters of snot that always accompany it. charming, i know. It just feels soooo good getting that ache in my chest when the lead actors finally find each other against all odds.

'PREDICTABLE!' i hear you snort but yeah i know, i know i like it. There's something about the 'happily-ever-after' that the big softie in me can't resist. However i have a confession to make - I generally avoid films that have a too confronting plot line (unless completely necessary such as Fahrenheit 911 and Schindler's List) but only because my weak girly heart cant take it. I know i previously spoke of the ache but i was referring to the good kind, not the bad. I'm a self confessed wuss and sometimes when i remember bad scenes from movies it still makes me all weepy and gives me nightmares. I have a copy of 'The Pianist' that i refuse to watch because my sisters told me it was the saddest movie ever.

Watching Slumdog Millionaire was an eye opener. In the 2 or so hours i sat there in the cinema, I had my hand permanently attached to my chest. It felt like my heart was on a roller coaster of extreme highs and lows. It was just. too. much! It was beautifully painful. Sure the two leads find love but what about the rest? It's hard to ignore the backdrop of India, where the movie is filmed and who can forget the faces of all those children?

Strangely the director ended the movie on what he probably thought was a high note by allowing the cast to break into a dance routine similar to the other Indian musicals we're used to. It was almost like they were saying 'yeahhhh we live in extreme poverty that makes us do ungodly things but watch me bust a move', say whaaaaa?

I recommend everyone of mature age watch this movie and take a moment to value the precious surroundings they're living in.... from the smallest detail of clean drinking water to all our unnecessary splurges and hell yeah im thinking bout my shoes.

How can we make the world a better place when we shield ourselves from the truth?

Go watch the movie, trust me.

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