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Crazy, Stupid, Love

I often say I don’t believe in different “types” of love, and for the most part that is true. I take “Love” to be an amphora we all drink from. Not all sips are equal in size, nor is the first taste the same as the last. Some swallows are savored, while others are choked on and spit out with anger. No matter, I believe the source and liquid to be the same. Love is a bottle upon the shelf of emotions that is clung to with the fear of loss, and shared with the hope of merriment.  However, I did stress this is a belief I endorse “for the most part.”

I don’t know how I came upon another cask. It seemed the same as every other decanter I’d ever drunk from. By the time I supped it I’d already enjoyed enough of the brew to know its delights and difficulties. Yet, this libation tasted unfamiliar. The first brush across my lips caused quivers, and it rolled along my tongue with a life all its own. True the drink left me light of head and foot, but intoxication was far from being its sole purpose.

Its origins spoke of lands I’d never thought to consider blessed. The flavors it greeted me with were a sweet I’d never sucked, and a bitterness I’d never known. Most importantly, it awakened a life within me no amount of sobriety could ever kill. It still has me lost within the dreamlike state that the draughts of legend inspire.

It’s a Beautiful metaphor I know, my mind swims in its waves. It was inspired by my most recent theatrical outing, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” I’ve learned this year that the romantic comedy has outlived its trailer. It is no longer a simple story of falling, failing, and finding again. The genre is flowering with great scripts, and budding with great actors. Like “No Strings Attached,” Dan Fogelman’s “Crazy, Stupid, Love” was absolutely amazing. He stitches the strings of love through six characters and the web he weaves is a beauty to behold. Intricate and layered with many unexpected twists it follows a formula all its own. Just as it is relatable in its realism, it is also inspiring with its fairy tale touches.

Though no character mirrored my own path, they all led me to a destination I’d long forgotten. This place houses only one, for only I will ever go there. It’s been dark and stormy for many a month, but the sun broke upon this troubled island thanks in part to rays relayed by the topic at hand. Crazy, Stupid, Love… some would call that the beverage I mistook as love itself. Maybe it was, but I’m not concerned about how crazy and stupid it was… just happy it was love.

Not your average review; no this is my life at the movies.

;)

 

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    i LOVE this movie!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Gosling is growing on me.  Safe to say DRIVE was the best movie of the year, my oscar pick and in my top films of all time.

    Im gonna rent this based on him and emma stone, who i love, being in it.

    • Anonymous

      I’m steady stoked to see it. My Top 5 Must include Drive, Head Hunters, Coriolanus, Take This Waltz, and The Woman in the Fifth.

      Happy to hear I’m going to enjoy one of them for sure.

  • Chris Elliott

    Very well done sir. I really liked this piece. Your opening few paragraphs were incredibly insightful and highly articulate. For that, I applaud you. I can’t wait to see this movie. I will NEVER get tired of the rom-com. It is and always has been my favorite genre of cinema and this film looks like a great example of such. 

    • Anonymous

      You will definitely love this one, the writing and actors delivery of the same is incredible. Let me know when you catch it and what you think.

      • Chris Elliott

        I definitely will. This is a must see. Again, great coverage. Loved your angle on this one. Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry device on the Bell network.
        Envoyé sans fil par mon terminal mobile BlackBerry sur le réseau de Bell.

  • Alessandra Colella

    Jonny, the tone of this blog is slightly different than expected, I guess you can say it mirrors the same expectation I had of the movie ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.” I went it thinking it would be your average romcom, and left shaken by this new style similar to “no strings attached”. I swear it was like I was on the same wavelength as you! The actors in this movie were well casted and Ryan Gosling – WOW! I have many inappropriate words ;)

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, it is a bit of a crazy metaphor to begin with… I know :)

      That said, I enjoyed writing it. This movie actually brought some positivity back to my writing. I’m not depressed about being a hopeless romantic as of late because of it. Glad you liked it the movie as well. I didn’t enjoy it as much as No Strings Attached, but I loved it for reasons all its own. The three relationships really gave the concept of love a three-dimensional shape. We’ll have to chat more about it at work. 

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