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It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Great movies are a collection of great scenes; stories wherein integral moments are linked together to form a narrative. Often times dialog, scenery, and music are used to lead the audience from one great moment to the next. #mlatmoments works to highlight these but this blog will discuss one in depth.

This past Monday was Valentine’s Day, and to celebrate I came home from work to cook a nice meal and sit down to a Rom-Com. I’m often indecisive when it is just me and my On Demand, but considering the holiday I got hasty and picked, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.”

The film started off friendly enough, a quirky little teen flick about the artistic nature of depression. Characters introduced themselves, the plot was made evident early, and it scored itself with style. It was good, but then it got great when the protagonist and his unsuspecting princess played the “Question Game.”

Two teen hearts anxiously approach the visages of conversation whilst sitting in a hospital. The white noise of the psych ward begins to fade as the girl leads with an idea… and follows with a question. Her idea is to play the “Question Game,” and her question is… “Do you think I’m gross looking?”

I noticed she suffered from SIV, I could see the depths of her struggle. Her eyes told a story and her question left me wondering. Seven times I watched that scene begin, continue, and conclude with my new favorite song. Seven times I wondered how a woman could ask such a thing.

I thought of one girl in particular while I studied this moment, I thought about what I’d say if she asked me that question. I contemplated poems, and played with metaphors. I thought of writing something clever, of coming up with something head-over-heels romantic. Seven times I watched that scene, and after all that work I tossed it aside and just went with the simple truth: “No, you’re Beautiful.”

Just a thought, a smile, a blog called “My Life at the Movies.”

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Man, I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard of this flick! Your breakdown though was one of your best from MLATM. I really feel like I understand what to look for with the flick and I think I may give it a shot.
    Great job lil bro.

    • Anonymous

      Thx big bro! Honestly, you will love it. It is in the vain of the new-age-dark-rom-com. Movies like Youth In Revolt and Trotsky are very similar, and definitely beloved by me. However, of the three in question this is by far the best. Emma Roberts (as pictured above) is going to be big, and I can’t wait to see her in Scream 4 coming in April! I’ve been loving the Rom-Com’s lately, it’s definitely a great genre.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Michael-Elliott/500513490 Christopher Michael Elliott

    Awesome post for a great movie. I took different things away from it than you, but I can definitely say I agree with you on the fact that it was a fabulous flick.

    • Anonymous

      Thx lil bro… what did you think of the transition from the rough draft I showed you at the theater to this final take? I’m interested (and I really do love this movie). I tend to take a little yellow out of everything.

    • Anonymous

      Thx lil bro… what did you think of the transition from the rough draft I showed you at the theater to this final take? I’m interested (and I really do love this movie). I tend to take a little yellow out of everything.

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