Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Majestic

So after poker last night at Mark's house I went and watched the Majestic(Jim Carey, 2001) for the first time.  In addition to being almost technically perfect in the way it advances a pretty complicated plot, it was a beautiful story of redemption.  Unfortunately it was self-redemption or maybe it transcended that to self-sacrifice (gone wrong).  At first I didn't like the big culmination monologue because I thought it was weak, but I think I excused it because it added some realism.  I mean, who stands up in front of a congressional committee and delivers a performance like Jack Nicholson on the jury stand in A Few Good Men. (talk about mixing metaphors... or something)

Anyway, I couldn't help but watch it through the eyes of my last couple of posts though.  Ultimately what gave meaning to the sacrifice of all the soldiers who gave their lives in WWII was the freedom to say whatever you wanted even if it contradicted the government.  Is that worth giving your life for?  I say yes, especially on behalf of others.  Is that worth killing someone for?  I don't know about that one...

The letter that the real Luke Trimble wrote to his fiance that was passed along to Peter read like this: "When bullies rise up, the rest of us have to beat them back down, whatever the cost. That's a simple idea I suppose, but one worth giving everything for."  Really... That's it?  That sounds like it is in direct contradiction with something someone else someone said: "Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also."

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