Areille - the Lioness of God

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Last Kiss!

I recently saw the movie - the Last Kiss. If you haven't seen it, I recommend watching it. There is nothing revolutionary in the movie ... no great ending .. nothing loud. It's a movie about a couple ... a couple who have everything going for them .. who have the perfect life ... and yet, they manage to screw it up. It's amazing how when we think we have it all planned and figured out and in our control ... life/God/the supreme power has a way of showing us otherwise.

Other than this couple who are the main focus of the movie, there are lots of other couples who I found even more interesting. There is an old couple who have lived with each other through 30 years of marriage and still don't seem to understand each other or have never fulfilled each other. There is the young couple who are dysfunctional to begin with and decide to have a baby to save their marriage ... only to realise that it can't. There is the other dude who wants his ex so bad ... he thinks he is in love ... but I think it's just cause he can't have her ... or can't see someone else having her.

I think my fav. part of the movie is the conversation between the hero and the heroine's Dad. When the hero asks the heroine's father - how do I save my marriage ... how do I make sure I don't lose her? The father says - "You can never lose if you don't give up!" Simple and powerful! He also says - "When you love a person, it's not how many times you say you love them or how much you feel you love them, it's what you 'do' that shows how much you love them."

If you are reading this and haven't seen the movie and now want to curse me for telling you all that the movie has got ... trust me ... I haven't ruined any major suspense. Watch it and let me know what you think. Would love to hear your analysis!


  • At 2/22/2007 11:43 AM, Anonymous the zesty yet suicidial pet said…

    I concur with most of your thoughts. The protagonist is afraid of growing up too fast, especially due to an embedded fear about zero surprises after the wedding. The remaining four relationships are dissected very well too. Apparently the original movie was an Italian one and this adaptation was done by the same screenwriter who wrote Crash and Million Dollar Baby.
    For me, there are several good sequences, but two really stand out. One of them has been highlighted in your review (the not giving up speech); the other one is when the protagonist almost saves his marriage by confessing to his partial infidelity. But his conscience (maybe) forces him to spill the entire can of beans. You can see the slight hesitation (lip twitch) before he discloses the entire truth to her. His willingness to tell her everything and in the process risking destruction of the relationship is something we as an audience can appreciate. Truth, as they say, is a very powerful serum :)
    Incidentally this sequence was the only one which was modified from the original version. His confession leaves the climax very open-ended. Does she forgive him ala Hillary Clinton or does she use her independence veto ala Jessica Simpson?
    Btw, did you know that the director of this movie is the same dude who played the villain in Ghost (Demi Moore one)?

  • At 2/22/2007 12:21 PM, Blogger Sharat said…

    This is a nice movie which explores emotions that people seem to take for granted. I really liked the relationship between Tom Wilkinson and Blythe Danner. Even though Tom is a psychologist in the movie he cannot express his love the way Blythe wants him to. I found that to be an interesting paradox. A person who consults others about their relationships has trouble deciphering his own. Few scenes were very well done - a new dad has a very tough time connecting with his wife, the protagonist's wife explaning to her mother about understanding men (another lovely paradox), the confrontation between the lovesick dude and his former love, and the best of all, how Tom senses Blythe outside his house during his isolation phase and breaks down.
    Also, I can see why Zach Braff fell through the cracks. I mean, it's Rachel Bilson for gossake! ;)

  • At 11/10/2008 10:14 AM, Anonymous Rhonda said…

    Good for people to know.


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