I’ve been spending more time with my family over this Christmas and we’ve gotten around to watching a few ‘classic’ movies. Specifically, on the docket were The Terminal with Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones and The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and co.
First off, I’d like to say, if you haven’t seen The Terminal, please go watch it. I found it to be an amazingly entertaining movie. It really demonstrates the adaptability of humans (slightly exaggerated in the movie) and some of our less attractive attributes, like greed for power. Spielberg (yeah, it’s a Spielberg film) wraps it all nicely into a well presented storyline about a foreigner that gets stuck in the JFK airport due to some poorly timed incidents back in his home country. As for The Sound of Music… well, do I really have to say anything about that one?
The main point here is that we need more movies like these two. Sure, every once in a while, a shoot-em-up action flick is nice, but I’d rather watch something that evokes an emotion other than, ‘woah - special effects’. Or perhaps it’s that the high-visibility movies nowadays are like that. I mean the past few movies I’ve seen or considered watching were things like Casino Royale, Blood Diamond, or Rocky Balboa.
It’s ironic. Earlier, I was debating with a friend about consumerism and materialism and how they are a part of our lives. Life is so complicated; even though I’m only a year through university, I feel like I’ve grown a significant amount, mentally and emotionally. Perhaps it’s the co-op semesters and working a full time job. Whatever the case, there’s always a bunch of things on my mind. As a result, a little simplicity is something that’s very attractive to me. And these two movies I’ve watched recently are prime examples of a more simple, and some may even say primitive way of life. The main concern is how to be happy and content.
That’s definitely what my main concern is. It just isn’t always that simple.