Movie review: The Words

So far in the movie industry, we have seen movies made about dance mobs, figure skaters, hockey players, football players (the list of sport teams goes on), pianists, magicians, even hobby-less people… I was delighted to see a new one come out about a writer: The Words, by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal.

I was amazed at how inspiring this movie was- I walked out of the theatre with a crazy urge to go dig through antique shops and buy a typewriter and click away at it all night. The pacing of the plot, the narration, mood, setting and use of soundtrack music; it all pulled you in and soaked you up. I don’t think I was this impressed with a movie’s directing and narration since I saw The Illusionist. 

My biggest surprise was that the movie was not quite what the trailer suggested;  it was about a book that was about what the trailer suggested. Granted, 90% of the movie was dedicated to this book’s plot-line (within which there was also a book with a sub-story, pulling you even deeper into the plot), but there would be the occasional and perfectly timed withdrawal to the “real world” in which the fictional story teller is reading the tale. I thought this push-and-pull aspect, much like the various levels of dreams we saw in Inception, was marvellously done and subtly enchanting. It can be quite challenging to arrange such a complex and multi-stranded plot- so that the audience does not get confused, or you don’t jump too many levels at once and disrupt the story’s fictional dream- but The Words pulled it off perfectly. It was able to give the audience more insight with discrete insertion of thought-provoking dialogue and details at each depth. 

As far as the acting of this movie goes, it was pretty impressive. Every emotion seemed authentic, the characters displayed great feeling that made them believable and played the role they needed to in order to move the audience. The old man, played by Jeremy Irons, was an especially great character in my opinion, and also the principal reason why the whole movie can make a person ponder on how these things happen in real life and what the implications would be.

The only set-back I can see regarding this movie might be the occasionally slow pace. Others that watched this movie told me that they were compelled to check the time during a few instances, suggesting that the plot was boring them. I do agree that it’s rather slow – but the alternative, it being rushed, would be much worse. In my opinion, even if the pacing is slow, it is near optimal, because it adds to the thoughtfulness of the story. It allows the audience to go through the emotions that the characters portray, and it allows the meaning of everything to sink in. If the subject (writing) and style of the movie is appealing enough to the audience, then they will still be entranced. 

If this movie was a book, it would be just as mellifluously written as the novel that the protagonist, Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), pretends is his. The ending is a bit of an ambiguous one, but this movie is a drama meant to transmit emotion and meaning, not a comedy just seeking to provoke laughter and entertain. I think the key objective of this film is to make people wonder about what such circumstances as the ones that are in it would cause. But, of course, each person has their own favourite part.

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Some sites for all you paranoiacs out there

Here’s a word that describes me well: PARANOID.

I’m always the one who’ll be helping friends with computer work at lunch at school and asking “Did you save??? Did you save????” Every five minutes. It’s gotten to the point where even while writing on paper my mind sends out constant reminders to save my document….. oh wait, I can’t. xP

You know you’re paranoid WHEN… xD

In my defense, my past technology trained me rather well. There was the old laptop which had RSDD (Random Shut Down Disorder), the computer with FFF (Freeze For Fun), and an ghost-like internet that liked to come and vanish as it pleased.

So, I’ve set up a pretty good system of defense. And here it is:

  • Google Docs
  • Delicious.com
  • Emails

Google Docs is very useful because even if your computer decides to zonk out on you, you can access it from anywhere by signing in to your google account! Aha. It requires a google account. Since I have gmail, this was no problem for me. I really think having another account is worth it though. Google Docs includes a collaborative mode where you can edit the document with other people who have google accounts, you can file your work into folders, add images, hyperlinks, etc., and do basic formatting. Plus, it AUTOSAVES! xD The paranoiac’s pot of gold.

If that doesn’t work, emailing work to yourself or saving work on your email (sometimes at school I begin writing a paper as an email addressed to myself to be able to access it anywhere) is an alternative.

As for bookmarks, delicious.com is my saving grace. I previously had them saved as links on a google site that I made, and this turned out to be a real lifesaver when my computer huffed its last tired-out puff. Then I switched to delicious because it has so many other features – tagging, sharing links with others, creating stacks (which I’m still not sure how they work but they sound cool :D).

I am sharing this because I have heard waayy too many stories of classmates’ computers dying right before an exam and all their notes were saved only on the computer, or the computer losing an important paper that is due the next day….

We now have no excuses left xP Go ahead and be paranoid! It has saved me too many times to ignore 😉