Robert (Bro. Pepper-spray of Reasoned Discussion) (montecristo) wrote,
Robert (Bro. Pepper-spray of Reasoned Discussion)

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Good times, noodle salad...

I just watched "As Good As It Gets" for the second time in two days. I've been told by several people that the movie is good and that I would like it. Surprise, I do. Melvin Udall is the Devil. He is the milk of human kindness, flowing from a font of chaos and discord. That movie is so crazy, but I like it, and I'm not exactly sure why. Perhaps I should think on it after sleeping on it. The dialogue in that movie was completely off the wall and yet it told a moving story. Case in point:

"I might be the only person on the face of the earth that knows you're the greatest woman on earth. I might be the only one who appreciates how amazing you are in every single thing that you do, and how you are with Spencer, "Spence," and in every single thought that you have, and how you say what you mean, and how you almost always mean something that's all about being straight and good. I think most people miss that about you, and I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food, and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive. And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me."

That was a brilliant line, not because it gets Melvin laid, but because it is a concentrated encapsulation of human complexity, in all of it's three-dimensional simultaneous absurdity, offensiveness and beauty. It's miles beyond what most everyone else who's seen that movie thinks is the best line: "You make me want to be a better man." Granted, the popular line is good, but the one I quoted is profoundly blunt, grotesquely self-absorbed, and yet, at the same time, ingenuously sincere. That's got to be one of the greatest left-handed compliments of all time. Who writes this stuff? That character was so embarrassingly, humiliatingly twisted and yet so eloquently poignant, and yet, I know him. I have been him. Perhaps it was not on such an epic scale, but I have been in his country. I have been ashamed to have been caught slumming there. It amazes me that someone who could actually know Melvin, could actually write Melvin.
Tags: introspection, movies

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