No. This is not a political rant. I recently watched 2 movies and even though they may not deserve a lengthy review, I am destitute of anything intellectual at this moment, but want to rant about something that may prove orificial for anything remotely residual in my cerebral parts that bear any sense of sanity.
Having established the purpose of this blog very crisply, let me start off with “Defiance”. Edward Zwick tries to find a place for himself in the list of A ranked directors who have dealt with WWII and the pertinent Jew theme that goes with it. What makes this movie worth watching in spite of a “have seen it” or “have heard it” backdrop is the fact that the main blood line of the story is not the acrimonious battle between the Germans and the Jews, nor the spiteful & inhuman acts committed towards the Jews, but the intense survival story of a tribe. I am referring to them as a tribe, because these are a group of stragglers – stranded Jews, who either escaped from the German attacks or were let go and are complete strangers to each other. Their temporary settlement inside the forests of Belarussia happens accidentally, thanks to the helpless nature of four siblings, who inadvertently become the tribal leaders, soon to be followed by power struggle, politics, romance, inclement weather and how survival itself is very difficult as their tribe continues to grow. Daniel Craig and Liev Shreiber have great roles to essay and overall the movie did leave a mark in my mind.
“Revolutionary Road” is a Sam Mendes movie that deals with.. in simple terms, the everyday struggle that a normal married couple face. But in complicated terms, the story can be analyzed in different levels. The movie questions the place of “society” we live in, the expectations & the responsibilities we “supposedly” have for the society and how all of that can affect the love that a genuinely caring couple carry for each other. Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet were brilliant in the movie. I can’t think of any better way to express their portrayal of a couple who goes through such a roller coaster of emotions. Kate can carry that unsaid sorrow in her eyes so well that there were scenes when she was faking a smile for her husband and as soon as he turns around, the sorrow grips her face as the smile gets wiped away. The couple gets sucked into the environs of their suburbia and the mundaneness of his regular job, which is so boring, yet becomes more favorable when it comes to choosing their future. Overall, a simple story told very powerfully with the help of 2 brilliant performers. Movies like this one are hard to make because the story line does not involve any twist or turn or an action packed stunt or some suspense or thrill.
Thus I spent my weekend in defiance of a revolution.