What do you do after a long, hard journey home when your arthritis is making you house-bound and bad weather is making it worse? Well there is the miracle of Amazon and Netflix and the movies that you desperately wanted to see, but didn’t make it to the theater for. One such movie is… um… What was the name of that movie that all my radically Christian friends said we couldn’t see because of the gay character? Well, it wasn’t the movie I’m talking about first. If there is gayness there, it is so intrinsic a part of the story and so artfully slipped in that you really have to intend to be offended to actually be offended by it. This movie was simply an amazingly beautiful live-action adaptation of an animated classic that morphed into a hit Broadway musical and then morphed back into a movie. It was brilliant on so many levels.
The cast is so completely unexpected, yet so completely perfect. Obi-wan Kenobi plays the Candlestick. The snowman from Frozen plays the toady character, Le Fou. Nanny McPhee plays the talking tea pot. Gandalf plays the clock. And who knew that Hermoine could sing so well?
I loved it for so many reasons that I can’t begin to name them all in only 500 words.
And I had more than one movie I simply had to see.
Moana is an engagingly bright archetypal experience full of bold color and comic relief and breath-taking artistry. The heroine is a step forward not just for Disney, but for Hollywood as a whole. The songs are energetic and soul-lifting. The magic is truly magical. Both literally and figuratively.
If I ever have a chance to see this movie in a theater, I will leap at the chance. Of course, I have arthritis and will probably break my leg.
And I am watching these things on my parents’ TV. So I felt compelled to throw in an old favorite as well.
Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, and Van Johnson have been dead and gone for a long time now. Yet this sensitive and beautifully crafted comedy is still as alive as it was in 1968 when it premiered. I laugh harder now at it than I did when I was twelve, because I was looking at it from the other side of the divide back then. Rediscovering the charm of old movies is one of the great joys available to the old.
So, my vacation time is definitely not wasted even though I can’t get out much and do much. Time spent watching good movies with family is a very good thing. It allows me to catch up on some of the new lights that illuminate the whole of culture.