Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Off the cliff
I watched Drive last night.
It has been brought to my attention that it could be good movie and that it had good soundtrack.
Both of these characterizations are understatements.
During opening minutes of the movie it becomes absolutely clear that soundtrack here will be both actor and narration tool for quicker immersion into engrossing atmosphere of barely verbal interactions.
When we enter the story cards have already been dealt.
There is no way to go but down...
... but the lingering smell of hope is just too sweet to resist.
And things go as we expect them to go, reassuringly lulling us through characters' trip down the path of obvious and not so obvious destruction. We see here, among our group, presented in all simplicity all the mechanisms through which lives are disintegrated. And the mechanisms are not awkward, unusual, violent or malevolent. They're all logical, everyday, unobtrusive actions that we all know and use, every day, through our day. And it is painfully obvious that there is no comfort in post-dictive smartassedness; "Where they have zigged they should have zagged."
I have caught my mind remember and re-live similar experiences in many time points in the movie.
Promise. Love. Hope. Passive-aggression. Active-aggression. Rage.
One can, and very often one does survive through experiences like that. And some of that experience remains available in us...
...but most of it doesn't.
We could not take it.
And for that it is so overwhelmingly beautiful to have a movie like this one, wrapped in a tight bundle like a canned despair, to remind us - the surviving us - that we are still alive.