Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Gone, Baby, Gone

Sorry for the quiet time. I was out taking a 4-day weekend. It was much needed and, although hectic, it was fun. I thought about blogging, but sometimes you really just need to unplug, you know? So, it never got past being thought about.

I know this site isn't about movies, but hey it's what is on my mind today. Saw a great movie this weekend, as you can guess from the title of the post. "Gone, Baby, Gone" is fantastic! If I was given a vote by the academy, I'd vote Ed Harris as best supporting actor to get the Oscar. He was that incredibly good. Scene stealer every time.

In full disclosure, I know the author of the novel and, although I haven't seen him in years, I consider him a friend. Regardless, I'd recommend this movie even if I didn't know Dennis. It's very well done. BUT, I'm warning you now - moral dilemma at the end. So much so that you won't be able to stop thinking about it. Trust me, when I read the book for the first time it stayed with me for at least a week, maybe more. The movie captures that pretty well. Actually, I'd like to see it again and probably will.

Have you seen the movie? Did you read the book? What would you do? C'mon, I want to know. I'm truly curious as to what you'd do in that situation (at the end of the movie/book) and then I'll tell you my thoughts. I just don't want to put them here to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen the movie.

What would you do if you were Patrick and Angie at the end of the movie?


Judith Aames said...

Read the book. Seen the movie. Impressed with the acting and direction of the film. It is a film, not a movie.

What would I do? Same thing Kenzie did. You cannot do what the folks in the movie did----no matter the family situation. Both "solutions" have their positive and negative sides, of course. Did the situation at home suck?? Yes. Do I think the child could be in a better situation? Yes. Would I be keeping an eye on Helene? Yes, Sir!

That is just a tough situation all the way around. No easy answers there. And yes, Ed Harris deserves an Oscar nomination, if not a win. He is that good.

Donna T. said...

Hey Judith - thanks for the great comment. Yes, you are right..it's a film. I'm so surprised and impressed with the whole direction of the film.

Yes, after wrestling with it for awhile, I came to the same conclusion. Unless the mother gives up the child, that child is hers (right or wrong). Unfortunately, there are living situations like this all over the world...and it's sad. But, stealing kids is wrong even when you have the best intentions at heart.