Recently, thanks to our, ehem, booming “piracy industry”, I managed to catch ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ on DVD. And, boy, what great movies they were. I fell instantly in love. Movies like these make me emotional, alright, but who says a guy couldn’t shed a tear or two?
Unfortunately or rather fortunately, this is not a review. I won’t even tell how the stories go (In this world of IMDb and Wikipedia, why waste 500 good words on them here?). I'm just gonna tell you how I felt and what moved me; my honest opinion on them, with a hope you guys are not resistant to sharing.
What I like the most about the movies is that they are made of very strong, identifiable male characters in overcoming the adversities - something that I can totally relate myself to. The words “poverty” and “aging” are hitting close at home. Err, you know, with me losing my wallet, my teeth and all recently. My heart simply sank for them. It’s like they are talking about my life. My eyes were a little misty, I kid you not.
They deal too with something that I held so dear to my heart; true love and sex. (Oh yes, they are very important to me but let’s just leave it at that). And to think that someone would enter a popular TV’s games show like ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ (instead of, say, 'Bolos') just to be with the love of his life? Wow, that's must count for something, man! If that’s not super 'hornily' romantic, I really don’t what is.
Both movies are rich in ironies both funny and bitter, about the inevitably love and loss. As well as the gulf that exists between how we live our life and the life we’re in. These movies demand us to feel not only for the suffering we witness, but also for the incredible life we discover.
They talk about the importance of “letting go when you need to” or “how our lives are defined by opportunities”. And in case of Benjamin Button, Oh well, I simply miss New Orleans.
I hope I could wake up to reality someday and realize that all are still not lost for me. I want to be just like Benjamin Button or Jamal Malik; only richer, better looking and much younger.
And by the end of the day, I just want to be able to cry watching my movies, without being judged!