Saturday, January 06, 2007

A week after!

It took a year to update my blog?... It has has been an amazing last couple of weeks of 2006 and 2007 as yet doesn't show any signs of slowing down. With the task of deleting all those 'old' posts in my drafts done including sadly the reviews on 'Blood Diamond', 'The Nativity Story' and 'The Departed', a mention is all they'll get here...all good movies in their own way. I don't make resolutions so i cant promise to keep my blog up to date!

Just got back from watching the 'Pursuit of Happyness', based on a true story, rather conventional storyline, but portrayed absolutely exceptionally by Will Smith. No repetition of the plot here, but this is one of those movies that can really touch you, it's not just the story its more the acting. Chris Gardner's life story is poignant. There are so many beautiful, simple and realistic scenes, there's a reality sometimes we don't want to believe in. The homeless with 'all' their belongings standing in line for a night's shelter, his trust on a hippie girl!, his inability to make ends meet... At times it makes you wonder 'How can someone have no friends, no relatives they can bank on in a time of need'. Gardner's son Christopher is played by Will Smith's own son who already seems to have mastered acting skills and is so believable. The 'back in time' make believe scene to the ages of the dinosaurs was truly amazing.

Slightly deviating here's the quote from Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence which is quoted in the movie. Happiness is a pursuit as he says, why is it just not happiness?, why should it be the pursuit, why cant it simply be happiness like life and liberty? probably he knew happiness will always be a pursuit.

All in all a brilliant movie with superb acting and Will Smith truly deserves a Golden globe nomination. Leonardo has two nominations but i think its still going to be tough to beat this stellar performance, haven't watched the other two movies in the list hence cant comment on who could ultimately win. On a side note my favorite TV shows have managed a few nominations, good going indeed!

Wish you all a Prosperous New Year and good luck with those resolutions!

6 comments:

Bini said...

You wrote a blog at 1:51am:-)...Ur not the same person I knew from my hostel days:-).Thanks for the movie update..will update myself by viewing them soon:-)..

Anonymous said...

So finally you liked a movie.. ;) good to see.. I was always sure that the movie will be good.. now have to just go and watch it.... I second your globe nomination for Will Smith... :) Cheers!! HNY 07....

RZD said...

not finally!, totally enjoyed all the other three movies mentioned in this post too...
only casino royale is in a totally different league!

Mogamboo said...

yeah the movie was indeed great....
a movie which made me think....after soo long.....

Selvaraj.S said...

i had plans to watch the movie after reading some of the reivew, now after readin the blog the passion for it has increased.. let me see when i get time to watch it.

Rajz said...

Will watch the movie.. someday :)
But a couple of other comments..

>probably he knew happiness will always be a pursuit

Hmm.. This brings us back to the half full / half empty discussion.... I firmly believe that happiness is not a destination... it is the journey itself! savor every moment... like me.... commenting on blogs instead of sending out code reviews ;)

> only casino royale is in a totally different league!

The only "Bond" movie that I've liked so far... With due respect to Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan...