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Barney’s Version

I’ve mentioned this before, but never in such detail. Since I was child I’ve struggled through serious bouts with anxiety. From my earliest memories to my present situation a cloud of doubt has always plagued my progress. My mother struggled to throw me birthday parties because I couldn’t properly handle the attention. My father had a hard time enrolling me in team sports because my compulsive mannerisms made it difficult for me to participate. The primary years were extremely difficult, and the teenage years were interesting, but luckily in my twenties I’ve learned to manage.

Barney’s Version is a film about an anxious man, his struggle towards perfection, and his inability to accept that he is everything but. Barney Panofsky is a man possessed by his failures and obsessed with his one true love. He is a certified “man apart.”

Of all the movies I’ve seen for the blog this is the most thorough character study of all. It’s more than just a clever title as it is literally “Barney’s Version” of life and the world around him. It’s a life full of events which though tragic and strange are oddly familiar. It’s a world populated by destructive influences and a central redeeming figure. It’s the story of a man busy making mistakes.

I know what it is like to be a man busy making mistakes. However, this movie reminded me that losing face doesn’t need to equate to giving up; that the fear it’s over doesn’t mean that it is so.

For nearly thirty years I’ve fought to remind myself that just because I don’t always measure up it doesn’t mean I can’t overcome. I’ve learned that in life there are some things worth fighting for.  Whether it be family, friendship, or love… some things are worth fighting for. In the theater they called that realization “Barney’s Version,” but here it’s known as my life at the movies.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Man, that was serious! I too struggled imensely with anxiety, it’s one of the reasons I do not partake in certain ‘activities’ which include puffing and passing! It may seem funny to people but controlling my anxiety is very important to me and to feel out of control of it is a feeling that I do not wish on even my enemies.
    I really related to this piece a lot, we have a lot in common in that regard.

    • Anonymous

      Thx. I wasn’t too sure about the breakdown and structure on this one. However, I glad as usual that someone found a means of relating. Next movie is gonna be a nice change up as I am seeing Evangelion 2.0!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Wood/541180607 Adam Wood

    This movie was a rocketship of emotions and Paul Giamatti was the perfect medium to deliver – I loved him, then I was pissed, then I felt sorry, then I stopped thinking about him and turned inward (just wish my Dad was a little more like Dustin Hoffman lol).

    Great FHE Godfrey, thanks for the invite!!

    • Anonymous

      It was a great FHE. Note to self… go to Monday post-work movies, the place was empty! Great break-down body, because it certainly was a roller-coaster of emotions.

  • Chris Elliott

    I reallllly want to see this movie. I love Paul Giamatti and I think that his persona imobodies this kind of character to a T.

    Great piece man. Oscar movies holla!

  • Chris Elliott

    I reallllly want to see this movie. I love Paul Giamatti and I think that his persona imobodies this kind of character to a T.

    Great piece man. Oscar movies holla!

  • Chris Elliott

    I reallllly want to see this movie. I love Paul Giamatti and I think that his persona imobodies this kind of character to a T.

    Great piece man. Oscar movies holla!

    • Anonymous

      You’ll love it. Trust me… if there is anything I’ve seen lately that I would recommend specifically to you, this is it.

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