A while back, we talked about “favorite movies” and how mine was The Fisher King. Well, during that period, I also had a *SECOND* favorite movie and that movie was Fearless. (Note: This is not the movie of the same name starring Jet Li, which is also awesome. This is the movie starring Jeff Bridges and Rosie Perez.)
Yet another movie I saw at juuuust the right moment in time, I couldn’t believe how “I’m 19, and this is deep” it was.
A movie with a brilliant conceit, a guy survives a plane crash and he goes crazy. There’s another person who survived the plane crash who lost her between-infant-and-toddler son in the crash… and she is wracked with grief.
Together they fight crime.
Wait, no, that’s a different film. Together they work through what happened to them.
There’s a magnificent piece of dialog between the doctor in charge of helping the survivors work through what happened and the husband of Rosie Perez’s character:
Dr. Bill Perlman: He and your wife are the only survivors I can’t reach. She won’t talk and he won’t admit the crash was bad.
Manny Rodrigo: Is that right? He says it was good?
Dr. Bill Perlman: Says it was the best thing that ever happened to him.
From the opening scene where we see Jeff Bridges walk through the cornfield to the scene where they walk through the mall buying belated gifts to the car crash to the scene with the strawberries at the end, I was absolutely mesmerized. Holy cow… this movie is amazing… I know! I’ll read the book!
And I get the book and read it and I’m 20 pages in and I hate it already. Ugh! I think. This is awful! These characters are horrid! This story is preposterous! And it kept getting worse and the characters kept getting more horrid! And the story kept getting more preposterous!
I watched the movie again and it was still good so the book didn’t ruin the movie for me, but, man.
What’s weird is that the screenplay was written by the same guy who wrote the book. (Rafael Yglesias, you may recognize that last name from one of the bloggers you read periodically.) These two works by the same guy who was so intimately familiar with everything about the story, start to finish… and I adored the movie and I hated the book.
Seriously: see the movie. It’s so good that it’ll make you want to read the book.
But, if you ask me, you can probably skip that second part.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?
(Featured Image is “Edison’s Telephonoscope” by George du Maurier from Punch Almanack for 1879)